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Dathomir
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Location: Dathomir System, Quelii Sector, Outer Rim Territories
Native Species: Dathomirians (subspecies of Zabrak)
Native Animals: Rancor

A remote planet bathed in blood-red light from its star, Dathomir's population is naturally strong in the Force. The men of the planet (the Nightbrothers) are dominated by the females (the Nightsisters), who use the dark side of the Force in numerous rituals.


  • Eldritch Location: While there have been numerous places strong in the Force and especially the dark side of the Force that can mess with people, particularly Force-sensitives, Dathomir is one of the few instances of a planet being like this. Not only is Dathomir a planet with a tremendous concentration of Force energy, due to the history of its people using dark side powers and rituals, it’s an entire world that acts as a dark side locus. Seriously, go to any part of Dathomir and it's like Halloween. It's implied in Fallen Order that prolonged stays turns outsiders insane as seen with Taron Malicos and a number of Zeffo settlers found in a tomb where their members murdered each other in ritualistic sacrifice.
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  • Single-Biome Planet: Actually, averted; the impression that Dathomir is one giant swamp/jungle is easy to take away from its appearance in The Clone Wars, but that's just because all of the Dathomir-relevant episodes involve the Nightsisters, who live in that area. Even in the series, we visit the barren, rocky mountains where the Nightbrothers live.

    Dathomirian 

Dathomirians

  • Adaptational Wimp: In Legends, even after being decimated by the Empire, the Dathomirian Nightsisters were capable to mobilize impressive forces with minimal coalitions. A single high-rank witch like Silri lent the Zann Consortium many Nightsisters who mastered Force drain and rode rancors, forming a shock troop contingent so powerful that it could go toe to toe with Imperial land forces, and other posterior clans were still powerful enough to be threats to Jedi and Sith alike, including Luke Skywalker of all people. In contrast, the canon established that the few guerrilleras we saw under Mother Talzin's command in The Clone Wars were actually about all the (wo)manpower the Nightsisters had before being nigh-exterminated.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: The women look like extremely pale-skinned humans, while the males look more like their Zabrak ancestorsnote  with horns on their bald heads and darker/more colorful skin pigmentation. Both sexes augment their natural skin coloration with ritual tattoos, but Nightbrothers get much more extensive ink.
  • Black Speech: The Nightsisters use a rather creepy sounding language for their enchantments.
  • Canon Immigrant: The first Nightsister originated in the direct-to-TV movie Ewoks: Battle for Endor (but wasn't identified as one until later), and the culture (and the planet Dathomir) originated in the Expanded Universe novel, The Courtship of Princess Leia. However, after the 2014 reboot, none of those appearances are canon any longer. The rest of Dathomir's witch clans would be re-canonized by the short story "Bug".
  • Cavalry of the Dead: The Nightsisters have a "Chant of Resurrection", which allows the user the raise their dead in the graveyard.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: Keeping with the "Space Witch" theme, the Nightsister religion has some parallels to Wicca, especially their worship of two dualistic deities, one female and one male (here presented as representing the light side and dark side of the Force, respectively).
  • Death by Adaptation: In the Legends continuity, the Nightsisters survived past the Galactic Civil War (and ironically, were introduced into Star Wars lore in that era). In the canon, it would seem the Nightsister culture was killed off before the Clone Wars ended, with there being few survivors after the war.
  • Domestic Abuse: Asajj Ventress can gather a dozen or so male Dathmoirians, torture them, beat them senseless, and kill most of them without any pushback from anyone in the social order.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Thankfully subverted, as the way the Nightsisters treat the Nightbrothers is horrifying but it is treated as such itself.
  • Dying Race: Subverted. After General Grievous's attack on the Nightsisters and a later attack on the Nightbrother village, both clans were left with very few survivors. However, the short story "Bug" reveals that there are other witch clans on the planet, such as the Singing Mountain clan, which means the species itself is not on the verge of extinction.
  • Fan Disservice: You know those really revealing outfits the Nightsisters usually wear? Well, the Nightsister zombies in "Massacre" wear them too, showing off even more of their rotting flesh.
  • Fantastic Slurs: Calling a Nightsister a "witch" comes across as this, even if they don’t take offense up front.
  • Gender Equals Breed: Zigzagged. Played straight for the most part, as normally Nightbrothers resemble Zabrak and Nightsisters resemble humansnote , but it's mentioned that there are, at least, Nightsisters who look Zabrak as well.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: According to the other wiki, they're the result of generations of cross-breeding between the original human Nightsisters and Zabrak. Since Zabraks are a Human Subspecies, this is easily justified.
  • Kill 'Em All: General Grievous' attack on Dathomir in "Massacre" left the Nightsisters with only three survivors (aside from at least one who was offworld at the time). At the end of Son of Dathomir, Mother Talzin is killed and it is implied that all of the Nightbrothers except for Darth Maul were wiped out.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The above mentioned slaughter of the Nightsisters, for the reasons stated under the Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality entry.
  • Kukris Are Kool: Some of the Nightsisters from The Clone Wars are shown wielding falcatas, probably for extra exotic value.
  • Lady Land: The Nightbrothers are actually forbidden from sharing the home of the Nightsisters at all, at least as a group/for prolonged periods, and live in a different region of the planet altogether.
  • Matriarchy: The Nightsisters in general have authority over the Nightbrothers, and both genders, despite living apart, answer to the same female clan-leader, or "Mother".
  • Magic Is Feminine: The Nightsisters and the Nightbrothers are two single-gender clans from the planet Dathomir. The Nightsisters are a Witch Species who practice a form of magic using The Dark Side of the Force while the Nightbrothers focus primarily on melee combat. Darth Maul and his brother Savage Oppress are the only Nightbrothers shown using Force powers. It is implied that the Nightbrothers are all Force-sensitive too, as Asajj was confident that any Nightbrother she selected would have the Force affinity needed to develop as a Sith, but culturally they are forbidden from learning how to use their "magic".
  • Planet of Hats: The Nightsisters' hat can be summed up as "witchcraft-using Space Amazon".
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The general aesthetic of the Nightsisters. A few Nightbrothers (Maul, for instance) have this as well, but their style tends to be more varied.
  • The Remnant: Fallen Order reveals that there is at least one surviving Nightsister who escaped the purge as a child, alongside a number of Nightbrother warriors.
  • Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality: Level 8. the males are completely subservient to the females to the point of which that if a female wants to select a mate/servant, she can beat them up to test their worthiness and then put them through a series of deadly challenges.
  • Stripperiffic: Nightsisters attire tend to be rather revealing, while the Nightbrothers wear very little on their upper body, if anything at all.
  • True-Breeding Hybrid: The Dathomirians are the descendants of generations of crossbreeding between human women and Zabrak men, eventually resulting in a self-perpetuating hybrid species combining the features of its ancestors.
  • Witch Species:
    • The Nightsisters are this, using Dark Side-based Force manipulations of a style that resembles, and which they identify as, "magic". It seems every female Dathomirian is a Force-sensitive.
    • It's implied that the Nightbrothers are all Force-sensitive too, as Asajj was confident that any Nightbrother she selected would have the Force affinity needed to develop as a Sith, but culturally they are forbidden from learning how to use their "magic".
  • Wrong Context Magic: Played with. Nightsisters call their art "magic(k)", but it is technically meant to be just an exotic school of Force powers resembling Sith alchemy. That said, some of their magical abilities are pretty unique within the established Star Wars universe, like Talzin's way to teleport objects and herself (though The Rise of Skywalker definitely broke its uniqueness) and her usage of voodoo dolls. Windu lampshades this trope by telling Talzin that magic is just an illusion, though this could be easily just him taunting her, given that at that moment he was seeing first hand how real it was.

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    Maul 

(Darth) Maul

    Savage Opress 

Savage Opress

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Voiced by: Clancy Brown
Appearances: Dooku: Jedi Lostnote  | The Clone Wars

"You... beg? Weakling!"

Savage Opress was once a common Nightbrother whose fighting prowess impressed Asajj Ventress. Transformed into a monstrous warrior by Mother Talzin, Opress became Count Dooku's new assassin and secret Sith apprentice. His loyalty, however, remained to Talzin. The Nightsisters' leader gave Savage a new quest: to find his brother, Darth Maul, who had somehow survived his apparent death and was living in exile in the Outer Rim.


  • Achilles' Heel: Force Lightning. He doesn't know how to parry it, as Dooku elected not to teach him during his apprenticeship. As a result, when he and Ventress try to assassinate Dooku, Savage is completely and utterly unable to even reach a walking distance of him.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: When fighting Dooku with Ventress, he repeatedly tries to bumrush him with no deviation in strategy and gets blown the hell back by Force Lightning each time. Eventually, he relents demoralized and almost starts sobbing he can't do anything to Dooku.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Savage pleads for forgiveness after failing to deliver King Katuunko to Dooku alive. Unfortunately for Savage...
    Dooku: That is not the way of the Dark Side. [blasts Savage with Force lightning]
  • Alas, Poor Villain: He and his brother were ruthless, but it's hard to not feel sorry for them when Sidious waltzes in and Curb Stomps all their hard work and their lives into oblivion.
  • Alien Blood: Whenever he's injured, he "bleeds" the Force magick that the Nightsisters used to enhance him. After he gets killed by Sidious, it bleeds out.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Because of the Nightsisters' magick mutating his body and mind, which included placing a mind-control trigger on him, it's unclear as to whether any of the evil acts Savage committed were done of his own volition or if they were all a side effect of this brainwashing. The ambiguity increases with the fact that the trigger not only leads him to murder his beloved brother, but also gives him a new personality that seemingly reverts back as he dies.
  • Anti-Villain: Type I/Type II. Savage didn't choose to be evil and most of his evil acts were undertaken while he was brainwashed, leaving the degree of control he had over his actions ambiguous. Even the moral of his debut episode lampshades this particular quality:
    "Evil is not born. It is taught."
  • The Apprentice: He was initially apprenticed under Count Dooku before Maul.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He gets his left arm chopped off by Obi-Wan in "Revival".
  • Armor Is Useless: Downplayed. His ancient-looking armor is no match for a lightsaber, but it works well enough against blaster fire for Savage to survive to multiple nearby shooters without serious wounds.
  • Artificial Limbs: Death Watch's medical droids build him a mechanical replacement for his severed left arm in "Eminence".
  • Author Appeal: It's possible that his skin color scheme is a nod to Dave Filoni's favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Ax-Crazy: Not most of the time, but he has a couple of notable moments where his temper completely clouds his judgment. He very consciously kills King Katuunko despite Dooku had ordered him to take him alive, only because Obi-Wan and Anakin were frustrating his attempts to kidnap him, and later turns on Ventress after becoming frustrated by Dooku's Force lightning, including her in his Force choke when he tries this against Dooku.
  • An Axe to Grind: His first weapon before he trades it for a lightsaber was an enormous enchanted vibro-axe.
  • Badass Baritone: Clancy Brown is at work.
  • Bastard Understudy: Initially apprenticed to Dooku, following his betrayal he finds a new master in his brother, Maul, whom he serves with Undying Loyalty until his own death.
  • The Berserker: His lightsaber technique mainly consists of brutish hacking and slashing. Under Maul's tutelage, he starts to learn more finesse, but never really abandons his monstrous fighting style.
  • Black Knight: His black armor only makes the already monstrous Savage even more intimidating.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Feral and later Maul. When he found Maul crippled and insane and being exploited by one of the natives on Lotho Minor, he was very upset by his condition.
  • Body Horror: During Savage's transformation, you can hear his bones cracking as they expand and his horns visibly extend from his skull.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Dooku trains Savage in lightsaber combat and the usage of the Dark Side of the Force. His brother has been continuing his training.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Nightsisters' ritual not only made Savage much larger and more powerful, it enslaved him to Ventress' will to the degree that he murdered his own brother at her command. He broke from the conditioning in "Witches of the Mist" since his sheer rage and hatred for Ventress allowed him to overpower her control.
  • Brains and Brawn: He is the brawn to Darth Maul's brains.
  • Cain and Abel: After he was made Brainwashed and Crazy, he became the Cain to Feral's Abel when he snapped his neck.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His opponents often find themselves on the receiving end of this:
    • In his debut episode "Monster", he took down two Jedi and their clone troopers without breaking a sweat.
    • In "Witches of the Mist", he tore through King Katuunko's bodyguards, killed Katuunko, and easily shook off Anakin and Obi-Wan during their first attempt to stop him. However, he found himself on the receiving end of one both times he fought against Dooku (the first time was in a training duel).
    • In "Brothers", the Junkers learned the hard way how powerful he was.
    • In "Revenge", he effortlessly knocked out Obi-Wan with Maul only watching.
    • In "Revival", Adi Gallia was quickly put on the defensive and her kicks didn't even phase him, which resulted in Savage killing her. In the same episode however, Savage found himself on the receiving end of two curb-stomps: beforehand, he was effortlessly trounced by his brother, establishing Maul as the stronger one of the pair, and afterwards, Obi-Wan (who, unlike in their last fight, is now in 100% physical condition and isn't caught off guard) defeats Savage by cutting off his left arm, and would have killed him if it weren't for Maul.
    • In "The Lawless", however, Savage finds himself on the receiving of one when Darth Sidious effortlessly took him down.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget:
    • He used to have a Big Brother Instinct towards Feral, but after being corrupted by the Nightsisters' magick, he killed his brother without a second thought.
    • Another example is presented in "Eminence" through the fact that he dismisses the concept of honor as a "weakness" despite the fact that he himself was once a very honorable person.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Just like his brother Maul (along with most of the antagonistic lightsaber-wielding characters in the Canon that are introduced throughout the Prequel Trilogy’s era), Savage shares a significant amount of similarities with Darth Vader (despite the fact that Vader was still a Jedi during the time that Savage was alive). Just like Vader, Savage was once a noble warrior who gets corrupted and twisted physically and mentally and willingly submits to the corruption to protect a loved one, only to kill said loved one due to their being twisted by the Dark Side. He also lost an arm to Obi-Wan Kenobi and subsequently served as The Dragon to a powerful Sith Lord. His appearance and demeanor are even quite similar to Darth Vader as they are both powerfully built, extremely strong, dressed in black armor, typically stoic yet short-tempered, and having a deep, intimidating voice. Finally, much like Vader, Savage reverts to his pre-Dark Side self as he is dying.
  • Dehumanization: He's typically referred to by terms such as "monster", "animal", or "creature". Obi-Wan calls him a "thing" at one point.
  • Determinator: He's half-dead before he finally runs from a losing fight in "Witches of the Mist".
  • Dies Wide Open: Savage's eyes remain wide open as he passes away.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: He primarily uses a double-bladed lightsaber like his brother Maul, even before he knew Maul was still alive. Unfortunately for the heroes and just like his brother, Savage was a badass with it and avoided slicing off his own limbs even before then, though even he admitted he was still weaker than Maul.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He pays back Dooku and Ventress for their abuse and torture by throttling them both. Had they not escaped, he would have done a lot more.
  • Double Weapon: He wields a double-bladed lightsaber.
  • The Dragon: He briefly served the role as to Dooku and more briefly to Ventress before settling with Darth Maul after finding him. He isn't too happy about it at first, wanting them to be a Big Bad Duumvirate, but accepts this role when he proves to be the weaker of the duo.
  • The Dreaded: Not overly so, but the Jedi and Dooku both recognize Savage as an extremely dangerous menace.
  • Driven to Villainy: He was never given a choice in becoming Ventress' pawn against Dooku. By the time he gets any agency, he's already been brainwashed by the Nightsisters' magick.
  • Dumb Muscle: This is his main flaw, since while he's not stupid by any means, his first solution to anything is to hack it in two with his lightsaber, which is a liability chessmasters like Count Dooku and Darth Maul have a hard time controlling. However, under Maul's tutoring, he does become more cunning and manages to deduce Viszla's upcoming betrayal. Something Maul is impressed by and congratulates him for.
  • Dying as Yourself: As he dies, the Nightsister magick leaves his body and he presumably reverts to his original form and personality.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted between him and Feral since Savage was actually good back when Feral was alive. His relationship with his brother Maul is this though.
  • Evil Counterpart: It's never given any focus in-universe, but (as outlined in "Darth Vader Clone", above) Savage has quite a few things in common with Anakin. His relationship with Maul can even be seen as a twisted mirror of Anakin and Obi-Wan's relationship and his fear of losing Feral is what drove him to willingly become Ventress' servant, similar to Anakin's own actions with Padmé Amidala. Ultimately, turning to the Dark Side causes Savage and Anakin to lose the person they love most, brother and wife respectively.
  • Evil Is Bigger: The Nightsisters' ritual changes him from a normal-sized man into a hulking, seven-foot tall monster.
  • Evil Makeover: One of the more extreme cases: the Nightsisters' ritual causes Savage to get much bigger physically, elongates his horns, and gives him inhuman strength.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: Quite literally in Savage's case; the Nightsisters' magick turn the previously noble Savage into a nigh-unstoppable, rampaging brute who is called "monster" by nearly everyone who encounters him.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice gets deeper following his transformation. It helps that he's voiced by Clancy Brown. Even his lightsaber has a deeper hum than anyone else's.
  • Evil vs. Evil: With his enmity towards Ventress, battle with Dooku, and involvement in Maul's conflict with Darth Sidious and the Death Watch, as well as his conflicts with Black Sun and the Hutts, Savage spends more time fighting other villains than he does fighting the heroes.
  • Expy:
  • Family Theme Naming: Savage and Feral and Savage and Maul respectively.
  • Famous Last Words: "Brother, I am an unworthy apprentice. I'm not like you. I never was."
  • Foreshadowing: Like Maul, Dooku, and Grievous, Savage can be seen as an aspect of Vader. Particularly his unnatural strength, tendency to Force Choke his victims, and how his fear for his brother's fate turned him into the monster that killed his brother, echos Vader's turn to the Dark Side.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Given less emphasis than Maul, but Savage's eyes emit a slight glow that is emphasized whenever he stands in shadows.
  • Guttural Growler: Not as extreme as some examples of this trope, but it's definitely present.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He's not usually very emotive, but Savage is easily provoked to violence.
  • Handicapped Badass: He's no less badass after losing an arm than he was before.
  • Hero Killer: He killed two Jedi in his debut episode (with ease, no less) and, in "Revival", Adi Gallia, a Jedi Master and member of the High Council.
  • Hidden Depths: Savage is quite a bit smarter than he looks, which makes him all the more deadly an opponent.
  • Horned Humanoid: He deserves special mention for weaponizing them in battle.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: His last test of brainwashed loyalty is to kill his brother. He hesitates, but ultimately obeys.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Sidious skewers Savage with two lightsabers simultaneously.
  • Instant Expert: It might be a side-effect of the Nightsisters' magick that transformed him, but he's a frighteningly quick learner given that with only the first levels of his training complete, he is able to fight Obi-Wan and Anakin on equal footing and Force-choke Ventress and Dooku simultaneously.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: While no one calls him "it", nearly every character who refers to Savage calls him a "creature" or a "monster", rather than referring to him as a person.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": His first name is pronounced "Sa-vahj" and his last name is just like "oppress". This gets lampshaded in "Revenge" when a bounty hunter is looking at Savage's bounty profile and mispronounces his name.
  • The Juggernaut: Battles with him tend to consist of his opponents retreating almost constantly. He has been driven off a few times, but usually only when he's outnumbered. Obi-Wan chopping off his arm marks the first time that anyone has actually stopped him, and it only forced Savage to abandon the fight. Only Darth Sidious was able to be his better for a duel and take him down.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • He tried to strangle a waitress in "Brothers" for what appeared to be no reason. Supplementary materials suggest that he did it because she tried to touch the talisman Savage was using to track Maul, but that hardly makes the action any less cruel.
    • In "Shades of Reason", he knocks a bystander over a ledge, causing her to nearly fall to her death, just because she was in the way of Savage's getaway.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Even more so than Cad Bane. Starting with "Monster" (his first appearance), The Clone Wars became a lot Darker and Edgier even though it was already rather serious.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    • In "Witches of the Mist", after being riddled with blaster bolts, Savage manages to overpower the droids attacking him and opts to quit while he's ahead, fleeing into the galaxy.
    • In "Revival", he and Maul wisely decide to cut their losses after Savage loses an arm and Hondo's pirates turn on them.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Savage lives up to his name, being incredibly strong, fast, and durable.
  • Love Makes You Evil: In Savage's case, his brotherly love for Feral and Darth Maul is the driving force behind his evil acts (submitting to the Nightsisters to defend Feral and being party to mass murder out of loyalty to Maul).
  • Made of Iron: Obi-Wan had to kick his leg at least a half-dozen times to injure it, and Obi-Wan can kick people across a room if he needs to. He can even take numerous blaster shots and survive without any serious injuries, and Dooku fried him multiple times with Force lightning when he and Ventress attacked him, only for it to just knock him down for a few seconds every time.
  • Magic Enhancement: His transformation by the Nightsisters' magic had drastically increased his already formidable strength, endurance and reflexes, and presumably made it easier for him to connect to the Force.
  • Manchurian Agent: He was used by the Nightsisters to act as a sleeper assassin, serving as Dooku's apprentice until Ventress arrived to kill the Count.
  • Meaningful Name: Oddly zig-zagged, for a character whose name is only marginally less subtle than "Mr. I'm-A-Bad-Guy". Savage Opress only really lives up to half of his name; he's a savage, certainly, but of the more Noble Savage variety and he doesn't really oppress anyone.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Ventress treated him like an animal and tool to be used and made him kill his own brother Feral. Dooku was a harsh task maker whose idea of punishment for failure and "encouragement" during training was a sustained blast of Force lightning. Was it any wonder Savage finally said "screw it" and Force-choked both of them during their battle? Averted with Maul, however, as while his brother could be cruel at times during training, he always looked out for Savage in combat and never unnecessarily belittled him and Savage served him loyally all the way to his death.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: It seems to be a family tradition. With a surname, however, his name is even less subtle than his brother's.
  • Never My Fault: He tells Mother Talzin that Ventress betrayed him in the duel against Dooku, when it was actually the opposite (he started Force choking her along with Dooku after becoming frustrated by too much Force lighning).
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He and Maul deliver a brutal one to Obi-Wan in "Revenge".
  • Not So Above It All:
    • While he's not necessarily afraid, he is incredibly disturbed nevertheless by Maul's state when he finds him, calling him a "monster" before deducing his identity.
    • Bizarrely for his character and allegiances, Savage seems to like money. When he comes across a massive fortune of credits after a bank raid, he is briefly overjoyed to the completely indifferent Maul.
  • No-Sell:
    • He doesn't even twitch at several blows from Adi Gallia, and Obi-Wan's physical attacks were only marginally more effective (Obi-Wan deliberately kicked the same point over and over for a cumulative effect).
    • In "Monster", he took a blaster bolt to the chest and didn't even slow down.
    • Ventress' attempts at striking him physically during their duel in "Revenge" didn't do anything more than mildly annoy Savage.
  • Noble Demon: Before his transformation, Savage was a noble warrior who cared about his brother, even giving himself up to Ventress to protect Feral. Even after his transformation, Savage displays a great deal of loyalty to Darth Maul, a brother he's never even met, even strangling a local creature for taking advantage of Maul's condition instead of helping him.
  • Obviously Evil: A colossal, black armor clad, perpetually scowling monster with horns, Supernatural Gold Eyes, and a nasty temper. The deep voice doesn't help matters.
  • Off with His Head!: How he kills a whole group of Black Sun Vigos in "Eminence".
  • Perpetual Frowner: Savage smiles a grand total of five times in the installment (although three out of those five were smirks). Every other expression is either neutral, shock or most commonly a belligerent scowl.
  • Posthumous Character: In Rebels. While he's long dead, his impact on Maul is what led him to seek Ezra as an apprentice, driving their arc.
  • The Quiet One: Savage is far less talkative than his brother (who ironically received next to no lines back in The Phantom Menace).
  • Satellite Character: Savage's character is defined by how he interacts with others. His relationship with Feral, his service to Ventress and Dooku, and his search for and connection to Darth Maul more or less sum up his character development. The only acts he does on his own are to rebel against Dooku and Ventress and the subsequent rampage. Even then, he follows up by going to Mother Talzin to find out what he should do next.
  • Scars Are Forever: One of his horns is cut off and another damaged in "Witches of the Mist". Both remain broken for the remainder of the installment.
  • Shoulders of Doom: His armor has huge pauldrons.
  • Sibling Team: With his brother Maul.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Maul; where his brother is cunning, charismatic, and manipulative, Savage is, while far from stupid, not much of a thinker, and is bluntly straightforward. In addition, Savage is neither as cruel nor as ambitious as Maul. Quite the opposite, in fact; when Maul first attempted to claim the role of master to Savage's apprentice, Savage argued that they could share power, seeing no need for dominance between them.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Which he's put to good use.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In-universe, Savage Opress was originally "created" by Asajj Ventress and Mother Talzin as an apprentice to overthrow Count Dooku — a role that Darth Sidious feared Asajj would fill, only that she'd kill him and rule by Dooku's side. On a meta-level, this is subverted; his character originally seemed to be created in order to fill the gap that Darth Maul created, but instead allowed the character to serve as a focal point that would allow for Darth Maul's canonical return — all of which was done by the end of the Nightsisters and Brothers arc.
  • The Stoic: Apart from sheer rage, Savage expresses next to no emotion.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: After his transformation, his previously grayish-green eyes turned to Sith-yellow, signaling that the Dark Side has corrupted him.
  • Super Strength: Even before his transformation, he was able to crush stones with his bare fists, but following the Nightsisters' ritual, this was turned Up to Eleven. During the Devaron massacre, he threw a clone trooper several meters into the air with a single upwards strike of his axe.
  • Student and Master Team: With Maul.
  • Tattooed Crook: Savage has the traditional Nightbrother ritualistic tattoos, and he becomes an outlaw after the events of "Witches of the Mist".
  • This Was His True Form: As Savage dies, he returns to the form he had before the Nightsisters transformed him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Both his transformation and his Training from Hell by Dooku had this effect on him.
  • Tragic Villain: Savage only wanted to protect his younger brother Feral, and that led to the Nightsisters turning into a monster who murdered him. Then he found his older brother, but what Maul really wanted was an apprentice, not a brother. Every single person - Asajj, Dooku, Mother Talzin and even his own brother Maul - ultimately saw him as a tool. Though Maul, to his credit, did eventually rediscover his Big Brother Instinct.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Savage has little formal training and, as Dooku says, "no technique", but he's so strong that he can destroy a dozen Separatist droids with a single Force wave, send Dooku flying across a room with a single blow, and at one point momentarily overpowering both Dooku and Ventress with the Force (which Ventress had previously done to Anakin and Obi-Wan of all people). He gradually becomes more skilled with training from Maul, but he never grows out of this. According to the writers, he's actually stronger than Maul with insane Force potential, but lacked the skill and experience to actually make proper use of it.
  • Unstoppable Rage: In "Witches of the Mist", once he had enough of being abused by both Ventress and Dooku, he enters into one of these, starting with simultaneously Force-choking both of them.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He's fairly gullible, which has allowed others to manipulate him to their whims.
  • Use Your Head: A rather effective tactic when you've got six-inch spikes growing out of your head.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In "Witches of the Mist", Ventress' endless put-downs and the defenseless beating he was taking from Dooku push Savage over the edge, and he spends the next several minutes as a roaring beast, brutally attacking everyone in sight.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Savage's suffering at Ventress' hands turned him into a brutish, uncontrollable monster. Upon joining with Darth Maul, Savage managed to get some direction, but he is no less destructive.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Or choke one, for that matter. And impale another... twice.

    Feral 

Feral

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Appearances: The Clone Wars

"There are only two of us left, brother. But only one will survive."

Feral was the brother of Savage Opress and Maul.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He had no qualms about begging Savage for his life. Savage doesn't listen.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Savage's Cain, but only after the Nightsisters get through with Savage.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: After Feral's death, Savage only mentions briefly that all of his kin are dead, then never says a single word about Feral again.
  • Horned Humanoid: He is a Zabrak.
  • The Load: He is clearly no match for Ventress and Savage looking after him is a hindrance at least once.
  • Neck Snap: This is how he dies.
  • Nice Guy: He seems perfectly nice despite being ineffectual in combat.
  • Shoot Your Mate: As a test of Savage's brainwashed loyalty, Ventress forces Savage to kill him.
  • The Unfavorite: Out of Mother Talzin's known biological sons, she didn't seem bothered when Asajj Ventress ordered Savage Opress to kill Feral after he was brainwashed to prove his loyalty, despite her support for her other two sons.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies in the same episode he is first introduced.

    Viscus 

Brother Viscus

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Voiced by: Stephan Stanton

A Nightbrother warrior loyal to Mother Talzin.


Nightsisters

    Asajj Ventress 

Asajj Ventress

Species: Zabrak (Dathomirian)

Homeworld: Dathomir

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"Do you think you'll still be able to call on the Force even after I've separated your head from your body?"
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"Remember... you always have a choice to be better. You always have a choice to... to pick the right path. Even if that choice comes a little late."

Voiced by: Nika Futterman, Orlagh Cassidy (Dooku: Jedi Lost)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jessica Ortiz
Voiced in Japanese by: Masako Isobe
Appearances: Dooku: Jedi Lost | Adventures | Age of Republic | The Clone Wars | Kindred Spirits | Dark Disciple

"Now you fall. As all Jedi must."

As an infant from Dathomir, Asajj Ventress was given over to a slaver from Rattatak to spare the rest of the Nightsister tribe from a similar fate. After the slaver was killed in a pirate attack, Ventress discovered her strength in the Force and was taken under the wing of a Jedi Master named Ky Narec. After Narec was killed, Ventress succumbed to the Dark Side, eventually becoming a Sith apprentice and loyal assassin to Count Dooku and serving him during the Clone Wars. However, late in the Clone Wars, Darth Sidious grew concerned by Ventress's growing strength and ordered Dooku to kill her, to which the Count reluctantly complied. Ventress survived the attack and returned to Dathomir, seeking aid in avenging the Sith Lord's betrayal. After a complex series of events that saw the creation (and rebellion) of the monstrous Savage Opress, Dooku ordered an assault that all but destroyed the Nightsisters, leaving Ventress to fend for herself in the galaxy.

She later tried to atone for her actions, getting close to Jedi Master Quinlan Vos, but was tragically killed by her old master.


  • Adaptational Alternate Ending: In Legends, she remains a loyal Separatist agent until near the end of the Clone Wars, when she is crippled by Anakin, turned into a cyborg in an attempt to rebuild her, and ultimately discarded by Dooku, after which she fakes her death and drops out from the war to an unknown fate. In The Clone Wars, and by extension in the canon, she is betrayed in midst of the conflict, joins the Dathomirian Nightsisters, becomes a Bounty Hunter, and gets killed as an Anti-Hero after saving her lover Quinlan Vos.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Her character designs in Legends often highlighted her creepiest, most inhuman traits, with the non-canon micro-series even giving her Prophet Eyes and a shrieking voice. In The Clone Wars, and by extension the canon, she looks considerably more attractive. Her final story arc in the canon even allows her to grow her hair back and adopt a more attractive, conventionally feminine appearance.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In Legends, Ventress had parents and competed as a gladiator in the Rattataki Cauldron after those and Ky Narec were killed, this being how Dooku found her. In canon, she neither knew her parents (which is first excised in The Clone Wars) nor competed as a gladiator.
  • Adaptational Job Change: Prior to The Clone Wars, she was originally a Dark Acolyte in Legends, one of the Force sensitives trained by Dooku to fulfill many functions of intelligence, military command, and Jedi affairs. However, since this faction doesn't exist in The Clone Wars (and by extension the canon), Ventress is instead referred by everyone as merely "Dooku's assassin". The difference is mostly semantic, as she still does these kind of missions aside from assassinating people, but it also extends to the aesthetics, wearing Spy Catsuit-like attires, using traps and explosives, and acting generally more like a special forces operative than a regular Sith.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • In Legends' Dark Horse comics, she remained with the Separatists until she was betrayed by Dooku, which resulted in her faking her death and dropping out near the end of the war. In The Clone Wars, she is betrayed a lot sooner and gradually turns into an Anti-Hero Bounty Hunter after the destruction of the Nightsisters. This Continuity Snarl was partially patched by Leland Chee, who stated her fate in the comics wasn't canon in Legends anymore (explicitly applying Broad Strokes to the Obsession comic, where the only canon events remaining, according to Chee, are that there was a battle in Boz Pity and that Durge was defeated in Maramere). The canon built over this.
    • Even more so within canon, as she pulls a full-on Heel–Face Turn, whereas her pre-The Clone Wars self merely ran away from the war, and her post-The Clone Wars self never was followed on due to the Disney buyout (though it would have presumably ended up as portrayed in Dark Disciple, which was made after abandoned scripts).
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed and later subverted. Her appearances in The Clone Wars and the canon portray her as a complete Aloof Ally within the Separatists, as her onscreen missions are almost always solo, she routinely antagonizes her underlings, and part of her Character Development is precisely about becoming more of a team player. In contrast, while her Legends version was admittedly not a party animal either, she regularly teamed up with Durge and had a Vitriolic Best Buds relationship with him, was also surprisingly close to her Rattataki lieuetenant Aidus, and got often sent to missions along with other Dark Acolytes. As none of those characters followed her to the canon, she doesn't have a chance to show her social side until she is betrayed and forced to leave the Separatist Alliance, and it is still mostly limited to tagalongs like Ahsoka and Quinlan Vos.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. Ventress remains one of the most dangerous Force users during the Clone Wars in canon, but the de-canonization of the Expanded Universe cut out several of the great feats she had in Legends, like defeating Plo Koon while half-armed, going toe to toe with Anakin of all people in a starfighter battle, being a nightmare to many Jedi in her missions, and eliminating the remnants of Darth Plagueis' dangerous Echani Sun Guard. At a personal level, the canonical Ventress is a substantially worse pilot, gets more often swamped in singles duels, and is forced to flee quickly from situations she would have dominated in the comics. Ventress in Legends also had the uncanny ability to reanimate dead through Sith alchemy, which she lacks in canon (although it would have fitted nicely her new Nightsister role given that those have similar Force magicks).
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Inverted. In Legends, her twin lightsabers used to belong to Komari Vosa, a rebellious former Padawan of Dooku who was hunted down by Jango Fett. In the canon, Vosa doesn't exist, and the lightsabers were presumably built by Ventress herself. Also, in Legends Ventress was recruited as a (failed) replacement for another acolyte of Dooku, Sev'rance Tann, who is similarly absent from the canon.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Since Ventress in the canon is an assassin and informal apprentice rather than a full-fledged Dark Acolyte, her personality is toned down in accord, becoming cold and reserved and only hamming up when really spurred. In comparison, her personality in Legends was almost the exact opposite: she tended to be loquacious and unhinged, in the classical Sith tradition, and only dialed it down when feigning serenity or if genuinely moved by something.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • Her Foe Romance Subtext with Obi-Wan from Legends gets mostly excised in The Clone Wars, and by extension the canon. In Legends, the two had multiple suggestive moments, Obi-Wan became downright obsessed with the possibility of redeeming her (and she with that of corrupting him), and Asajj had even an instance of What Is This Feeling? after one of their encounters. Her fake death and desertion also felt as a possible Sequel Hook, implying they might meet again someday (and although they did not, Obi-Wan was mentioned in another Legends work as having been reminded of her by some flowers he found in Tatooine). In canon, Obi-Wan and Ventress do like to invoke romantic subtext during their fights, but this is clearly treated by both as just a twisted joke without any real attraction; Obi-Wan only has eyes for Satine, and Ventress later has her true Love Interest in Quinlan Vos.
    • She's an Unknown Rival to Grievous in canon, which makes her duel with him on Dathomir in "Massacre" more of a business affair that was more personal to him than her. In Legends, she had already faced him along with Durge in the Trenchant space station, a secret test designed by Dooku to prove whether Grievous was worthy or not to lead his army. The encounter ended up on Grievous wiping the floor with both opponents and leaving Ventress in a brief Villainous BSoD, which was implied to play a role in her posterior revenge and defeat of him in Dathomir.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Again, within Legends. In the Legends comic books she originally appeared in, she was a member of the planet Rattatak's indigenous people called Rattataki. In The Clone Wars, she was born as a Nightsister of Dathomir who grew up on Rattatak. The Rattataki themselves would later be re-canonized in the book Star Wars: Resistance Reborn by virtue of being mentioned in the novel.
  • Affably Evil: After abandoning the Separatists, the affability she does show (concern for the other Nightsisters, empathy for Ahsoka, and ultimately her love for Quinlan Vos) appears to be genuine.
  • Anti-Hero: She's evolved into one of these since the annihilation of the Nightsisters.
    Obi-Wan: When did you become the good guy?
    Ventress: Don't insult me.
  • The Apprentice: She is Count Dooku's, although she is not an official Sith apprentice. Darth Sidious suspects Dooku might make her one as she becomes more powerful and thus orders Dooku to kill her.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: When she was sent to bring Toydaria into the Confederacy, Ventress ends up threatening to kill King Katuunko after Yoda survives her ambush.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She is Dooku's apprentice and one of the Separatists' high-ranking commanders, and when she's required to be on the battlefield, she can hold her own against Anakin and Obi-Wan. In fact, after her powers grew as sensed by Sidious, she managed to actually overpower them at once with Force choking in their last battle, only losing when she was distracted by their ship's shaking.
  • Bald of Evil: Flashbacks revealed that she's not naturally hairless, and only shaved her hair after the death of Ky Narec. It was confirmed by Filoni that she chose this as a way to express her allegiance to the Dark Side and to the Sith and, after leaving Dooku and becoming a bounty hunter, she decided to let her hair grow out. Between that and the destruction of the Nightsisters, she has been slowly moving towards Bald of Awesome.
  • Bald Woman: It's not naturally since flashbacks present that she used to have a mohawk (in Legends, she was naturally bald as a Rattataki species trait) and then shaved her head after the death of Ky Narec. She eventually grew it back.
  • The Baroness: When she was still part of the Separatists serving under Count Dooku before he betrayed her.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting or downplaying her skills. Doing so nearly got Luminara killed, and earned Captain Argyus a lightsaber through the back.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: In the pilot movie, as in the Legends comics, her lightsabers could be joined at the hilt to form a double-bladed one. Obi-Wan sliced through the hilt to separate them and she's never used the technique since.
  • Break the Cutie: She started out as a girl sold to a slaver as an infant. Then, her owner, who is implied to have been a "decent" one, got killed, and she was taken in and happily adopted by a Jedi Master... then he got murdered. Alone and driven mad with grief, she turned to the Dark Side and then became an apprentice and assassin to Count Dooku. Then, Dooku betrays and tries to kill her at the behest of his master. Then, her clan is wiped out in retribution for her surviving the assassination attempt and proceeding to try and pay Dooku back in kind.
  • Bounty Hunter: She temporarily joins Boba Fett's group in "Bounty" and becomes a full-time bounty hunter afterwards.
  • Canon Immigrant: She originated from Legends' Clone Wars micro-series and Republic comics before becoming a character in the Canon as a result of her appearances in The Clone Wars.
  • Catch and Return: When she tests the Nightbrother competitors in battle, she catches a spear one of them had thrown at her and throws it back at him, impaling him on it.
  • Character Development: Over the course of seasons three through five, she develops from being Dooku's somewhat underdeveloped and psychotic dragon into a tragic and complex character who can relate to the plight of others. She even delivers a What the Hell, Hero? to Anakin on Ahsoka's behalf when the Jedi Order abandoned her.
  • Character Exaggeration: Her portrayal in The Clone Wars, and by extension in the canon, focuses mostly on a single aspect of her Legends character, namely her job as Dooku's special operations woman. Other facets of her personality, like her role as The Corrupter towards other Jedi, her aspirations to become a Sith lady, her iron hand reign over Rattatak, and even her feelings towards Obi-Wan, are either de-emphasized or downright Adapted Out. Even her personality gets adjusted to this change, making her taciturn and gloomy, whereas her previous versions could be incredibly talkative and theatrical.
  • Cleavage Window: Her first and second outfits have this.
  • The Coats Are Off: She often removes the skirt of her first outfit, as well as her robe if she wears it.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Ventress does NOT fight fair, which is part of what makes her such a deadly opponent, as Luminara Unduli almost fatally found out.
  • Composite Character: Ventress has elements associated with some characters from Legends.
    • In The Clone Wars, Ventress is effectively conflated with Saato, a fellow female Dark Acolyte who was a Dathomirian Nightsister before being recruited by Dooku. Before that, Legends had established Ventress was a full-blooded Rattataki without any relation to Dathomir.
    • Ventress being now Co-Dragons to Dooku along with Grievous gives her echoes of Sev'rance Tann, another female Human Alien Dark Acolyte from Legends who was supreme commander of the droid army before Grievous came along. In fact, the Legends Ventress was actually recruited by Dooku to serve as a replacement for Tann, but lost this job to Grievous when the latter defeated her and Durge in a test battle. Now in canon, this battle never had place and Ventress is effectively at even ground with him.
    • Also, her role of being Quinlan Vos' lover and later redeeming him through love appears to be inspired by the Legends character Khaleen Hentz.
  • Contralto of Danger: Ventress's voice is much lower and more gravelly than most of the other female characters in The Clone Wars.
  • Cool Helmet: She gets one in the fifth season so she can operate in Republic space without being arrested for war crimes.
  • Corporate Samurai: Very literally, as she works for a conglomerate of corporations and her character is officially inspired by samurai/ninja culture. She wears a hakama and ninja-like inner clothes, uses complex bladework and kicks, sports a shaven haircut, is fanatically loyal to a master, her lightsabers can be used as a light-nunchaku, and her name comes from Asaji of Throne of Blood (and if this is not enough, her appearance in Legends' Xbox Star Wars: Battlefront II Live came equipped with light-shurikens of all things).
  • Create Your Own Villain: Savage Opress, whom she used to try to avenge Count Dooku's betrayal, turned against her after he had enough of her abuse. This also lead to Savage seeking out his brother, Darth Maul, and bringing him back as a threat to the Galaxy.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • In "Ambush", Yoda is able to take her lightsabers using the Force, with no effort.
    • In "Monster", she dishes one out to the Nightbrother competitors, but Savage Opress was the only one to come close to matching her.
    • In "Witches of the Mist", after Savage turns against her during their lightsaber duel against Count Dooku, she tries to fight her former Master on her own, but she is defeated. Count Dooku even warns her that without the aid of Savage, she's no match for him.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Her Nightsister attire includes one of these.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's very sinister and quite dangerous, at least until the end of season four, where she becomes more of a neutral figure (although she's no less dangerous).
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's shown in a Troubled Backstory Flashback that Ventress was given away to a slaver while she was just a toddler. While this alone would be tragic enough, the guy seemed to have been at least decent to her as she seemed quite upset when she found his dead body. Then, Jedi Master Ky Narec, who found her, raised her, and taught her to use the Force, was killed before her eyes.
  • Dark Magical Girl: She fits the description to a T: she fights for the Separatists to gain Count Dooku's approval, her greatest fear is being left with nothing, and gradually turns away from the Dark Side after Dooku abandoned her. She even helps Ahsoka, her own Good Counterpart, in exchange for Ahsoka getting her a full pardon, although this ends up being the last time they worked together.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has quite a sarcastic streak, which she takes up a few notches during the fourth season.
  • Death by Adaptation: In Legends, prior the retcons made by The Clone Wars, Ventress faked her death before disappearing from the galactic scene altogether near the end of the war; even after said retcons, her fate was still left unrevealed, assuming she didn't simply live the rest of her life as a bounty hunter. In the Canon (which is revealed via Dark Disciple, the conclusion of her storyline which was meant to be for The Clone Wars), she legitimately dies as a result of doing a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Delinquent Hair: By the time of Dark Disciple, Ventress has grown a mohawk since her previous appearance in The Clone Wars. In contrast to her brown hair in her Troubled Back Story Flashback in The Clone Wars, it's white-blond in the novel. However, it is unclear which one is her original hair color and which one was dyed.
  • Deuteragonist: Downplayed, as she's more of a tetragonist on The Clone Wars. She has the most extensive character arc besides Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies in Quinlan Vos' arms after saving him, physically and spiritually, from Dooku.
  • The Dragon: To Dooku, prior to his betrayal.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Following the decimation of the Nightsisters, when arriving on Tatooine, Ventress goes straight to a bar, where she orders a short drink, gulps it down at once, and immediately orders another.
  • Dual Wielding: She uses twin lightsabers.
  • Enemy Mine: She teams up with Obi-Wan to fight Savage and Darth Maul.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The death of Ky Narec sent her into the Dark Side of the Force. After deciding to fully join the Nightsisters, Ventress comes the closest she has ever been to being happy and having a family since Narec's death. The Nightsister massacre hits her hard and unlike any other time, Ventress fully blames herself. Oddly, this leads her to becoming more good than evil.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She is appalled when she realizes that the "cargo" she was set to deliver on Quarzite was actually a slave girl. She could relate to the slave and worked to set her free... while ensuring she still received profits from both faking her delivery to Otua Blank and honestly giving her back to her brother.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Anakin. They both used to be slaves on a remote Crapsack World, have been rescued by a Jedi who were considered somewhat "rogues" by others, and became the apprentices of a Sith Lord. While Anakin started slipping closer and closer to the Dark Side during the fourth season, Asajj seems to have started to work on a Heel–Face Turn at the end of the same season. They also both die in a similar manner: they're killed by Force lightning in order to save someone they love from their former master.
    • She's a counterpart to Ahsoka as well: both of their Masters were Jedi who turned to Dark Side, they both started by using a single green-bladed lightsaber and picked up Dual Wielding later, and the way the Jedi Council abandoned Ahsoka under pressure from the Senate eerily resembles how Dooku betrayed Ventress on Sidous' orders. They even came to realize that they had rather similar experiences during the fifth season.
  • Evil Laugh: She lets out a pretty impressive cackle while fighting Ahsoka and Luminara in "Cloak of Darkness", as well as while ambushing Maul and Savage in "Revenge".
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Ventress has a very low, raspy, and sinister voice that borders on Guttural Growler.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Her grudge against Count Dooku, as well as her lasting enmity with Savage Opress.
  • Fallen Hero: Ventress was once a Jedi Padawan who fought to free Rattatak from gangs of ruthless criminals. She turned to the Dark Side after her Jedi Master Ky Narec was killed and she sought revenge.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Usually, whenever she acts polite, it is a façade that is meant to either mock or deceive.
  • Femme Fatale: She is a sultry, gloomy Separatist agent who wears sexy outfits, flirts with her enemies, and is ultimately morally complex.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: She has some chemistry with Obi-Wan, with a lot of mock-romantic dialogue during their battles, although unlike their relationship in Legends, this is more joking than true attraction.
  • Freudian Excuse: Given her Dark and Troubled Past mentioned above, it's really no wonder Dooku was able to turn her to his side so easily.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Downplayed. She has this during the fourth season, although it's less of a change in morality and more of a choice to stop actively opposing the heroes. She later has a full-on, though it sadly ends with Redemption Equals Death.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She chooses a path that she knows will likely lead to her death in order to redeem Quinlan Vos.
  • High-Voltage Death: Ventress gets blasted to death with Dooku's Force lightning meant for Quinlan Vos.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Her eyes are a very pale shade of blue, although she can be quite hot-blooded and aggressive at times.
  • Important Hair Cut: Inverted. Word of God said that Ventress shaved her hair as a way of showing her allegiance to the Sith. By Dark Disciple, she stopped doing so as a way of showing that — at least partially — she'd turned away from the Sith teachings.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Implied, especially in her duel against Luminara Unduli in "Cloak of Darkness". When the Jedi master compares her to Dooku, Ventress looks satisfied for a second, clearly rejoicing at the connection, but when Unduli then adds that she is actually a sloppy version of Dooku, she loses the smile and goes ballistic.
  • In the Hood: Her early appearances in The Clone Wears, including her introduction in the pilot movie, have Ventress wearing an ample robe with a hood over her face. She drops this over time.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Post-Heel–Face Turn. Ventress is still a jerk, but Anakin couldn't argue with her over how her comparison of how the Jedi Council coldly abandoning Ahsoka with little hesitation was the same of how Dooku abandoned her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she starts out as a murderous assassin, Ventress develops into a snarky and aggressive yet generally alright individual who's willing to help and empathize with others.
  • Kick Chick: Though not as her main strategy, she often uses kicks in her fights, even when wearing her ankle-length hakama.
  • Kick the Dog: Her treatment of Savage during the Nightsisters and Brothers arc. Having him transformed and brainwashed, forcing him to kill his own brother (who Savage had given himself up to protect), handing him over to Count Dooku for Sith training, and constantly berating him when he proves to be no match for Dooku. After all this, it's really no surprise that Savage wants to kill her.
  • Laser Blade: She wields two curved-hilt red-bladed lightsabers. Later, after they were stolen by Barriss Offee, Ventress wields a new yellow-bladed lightsaber.
  • Last of Her Kind: In "Massacre", Grievous's army decimated the Nightsisters, leaving — ironically — Ventress and Talzin, the primary targets of the attack, the sole survivors. After Dark Disciple, both her and Talzin are dead.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The fact that Asajj Ventress is a creepy Bald Woman seems meant to be a sort of surprise in the pilot movie of The Clone Wars, given that she is introduced with a heavy hood (something that she rarely wears in any medium or continuity) and doesn't lose it until it is time to whip out her lightsabers. However, for those who had read the Star Wars: Republic comics or watched Star Wars: Clone Wars, where she had first appeared years before, this could hardly be a revelation.
  • Lean and Mean: She's very thin, to the point her character design in The Clone Wars looks slightly like a non-Human Alien, but is no less dangerous for it.
  • Lima Syndrome:
    • In "Bounty", she comes to sympathize with Pluma Sodi when she realizes how similar their circumstances are and decides to fool her contractor along with letting the girl and her brother go — for some extra money.
    • In "To Catch a Jedi", she also comes to realize how much she has in common with Ahsoka and in exchange for Ahsoka getting her a pardon for her involvement with the Separatists, she helps the girl prove her innocence.
  • Made a Slave: She was given up at birth to a criminal. However, the man who purchased her apparently treated her well as she seemed genuinely saddened by his death.
  • Master Swordswoman: She's one of only two characters who managed to best General Grievous in a lightsaber duel without resorting to using the Force against him. She was, however, no match for Count Dooku in a straight fight.
  • Meaningful Name: Asajj might come from the Sanskrit "assajan", which means wicked, crooked and sinful, all of which fits her role and personality prior to her Character Development. Officially, it's also a Shout-Out to Kurosawa's Throne of Blood, where Asaji is the name of the film's version of Lady Macbeth. It can also be derived from the Japanese "asahi", meaning "morning sun", reflecting her turning away from the Dark Side.
  • Meditation Powerup: During her battle against Anakin and Obi-Wan in Christophsis, she allows herself to reposition and wait for them sitting serenely cross-legged, implying this. It gets subverted, though, because it's revealed she only sat like that to goad them in and then destroy the floor under them with her lightsabers. (The whole stunt might be a reference to her usage of Quey'tek meditation in Legends.)
  • Mind over Matter: Just like the rest of the Force-users in the canon, Ventress is telekinetic.
  • Misery Builds Character: Not that her previous life had been a paradise, but Ventress becomes a much better person after her life takes a massive turn for the worse.
  • Misplaced Retribution: She admits that she blamed the Jedi for "abandoning" Ky Narec when it's possible that they simply didn't know that he was alive. To be fair, Dooku wanted her on his side so he was probably manipulating her emotions.
  • Mugged for Disguise: She is attacked by Barriss Offee, who steals Ventress's helmet and lightsabers to pose as her while attacking Ahsoka.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Ventress is able to beat the ever-loving crap out of several Nightbrothers, all of whom have at least fifty pounds of muscle on her, while fighting hand-to-hand.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After the Nightsisters are destroyed by Grievous' army, she completely breaks down and blames herself for dragging the clan into her quest for vengeance.
  • Never My Fault:
    • In "Nightsisters", after their defeat at Dooku's hands, Ventress irritably remarked that she had warned the other Nightsisters of Dooku's power, ignoring that she had been defeated by her former master as well.
    • In "Witches of the Mist", she blamed Savage for their combined inability to defeat Dooku, ignoring that she wasn't doing much better against the Count herself.
    • In "Massacre", she claims that Savage "rejected [her] guidance". In reality, Savage lashed out at Ventress for her abusive treatment and for continually berating him due to his inability to defeat Dooku. Averted twice later in the same episode, where she blames herself for not only General Grievous' army coming to Dathomir since it was her quest for vengeance against Dooku that led him to seek retribution, but for the annihilation of the Nightsisters.
  • Not So Different: In "The Wrong Jedi", she pursues and captures Ahsoka, who's been framed for sedition, to claim the bounty on her head. However, she comes to sympathize with Ahsoka's plight, knowing all-too-well what it feels like to have those you trust turn their backs on you. When she reveals this to Anakin, he even has to admit, albeit silently, that she's completely right.
  • Opposites Attract: Quinlan Vos' fun and friendly personality is one of the things that win him the no-nonsense yet usually cold and distant Ventress's love.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her own mother handed her over to a slaver (albeit reluctantly) when she was a toddler and her father was most likely killed according to the tradition, just like the father of Savage and Maul.
  • Pet the Dog: She returns a girl who had been kidnapped as a bride for a warlord to her brother, though Ventress did insist on being paid for her troubles.
  • Rapid Hair Growth: She grew her hair back pretty quickly after taking up bounty hunting, if the cover of Dark Disciple is any indication.
  • Run or Die: Twice.
    • First after Savage turned against her during their duel against Dooku, she tried to kill her former Master on her own. Ultimately, she was forced to abandon the fight.
    • During the Battle of Dathomir, she was shot by a super battle droid and forced to run to save her life.
  • Serendipitous Survival: In "Ambush", Yoda spares her and lets her go free despite having her cornered. Naturally, she goes on to kill more people, but as the installment goes on, she ultimately finds her own way and becomes a Spanner in the Works, as written below.
  • She's Got Legs: And likes to show it. Her Nightsister outfit is a Hell-Bent for Leather Zettai Ryouiki.
  • She-Fu: Her unarmed combat style includes lots of acrobatic stunts.
  • Ship Tease: With Obi-Wan, as mentioned in Foe Romance Subtext above.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: During her brief team-up with Obi-Wan in "Revenge".
    [Asajj tosses one of her lightsabers to Obi-Wan]
    Asajj: I want that back.
    Obi-Wan: That's fine. Red's not my color.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: She often speaks in a gentle, almost purring tone, although it can become harsh and snarling at the drop of a hat and she later drops the "sadist" part (mostly).
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • She ruins Darth Maul's first attempt at vengeance on Obi-Wan, which obviously allows Obi-Wan to do everything important he does later on.
    • She also ruins Barriss's plot to frame Ahsoka for the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar, while also indirectly encouraging Ahsoka to follow her own path now that she's been thrown aside by the people she thought she could trust. as she knows from personal experience... which ultimately leads to Ahsoka doing everything important she does later on, like becoming an important figure to the Rebellion.
  • Spy Catsuit: Her suits, often underneath her robe and skirts, tend to be of this type, only with skin-baring patches.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Quinlan Vos.
  • Start of Darkness: She had a pretty rough life, but the death of her master and father figure, Ky Narec, seems to have been the last straw.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Ventress has a height of 1.79 cm/5'10 and is considered rather attractive by multiple characters. She's also one of the female characters that are fanservice in The Clone Wars.
  • Stealth Expert: Aside from her skill in lightsaber combat and Force usage, Ventress is also really good at being sneaky, making her an excellent spy, saboteur, and assassin.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Her first attire.
  • Tattooed Crook: She has tattoos on her face and head, and is never what you would call a law-abiding citizen.
  • Together in Death: With the other Nightsisters.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During the first season, Ahsoka and Luminara together were able to match her and Sidious had no trust in her abilities at all. By time of the third season, she's become strong enough to match Obi-Wan and Anakin despite being injured and for Sidious to consider her a threat.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After recommitting herself to the Nightsisters and becoming a bounty hunter, Ventress is much more at peace with herself, changing from a vicious villainess to more of a morally neutral Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Training from Hell: Dooku subjected her to one.
  • Unknown Rival: Grievous considers Ventress to be his rival, and gives her some level of respect while they both serve Dooku, which only turns to hate once she seemingly defects. Ventress for her part, doesn't share the sentiment, though she finds the thought of them being equals amusing.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Luminara Unduli calls her Form II amateurish and sloppy, only for Ventress to fire up and defeat her convincingly. Assuming Luminara was not trying to make her lose her focus or just being your typical Jedi ass, her analysis implies Ventress' superb lightsaber skills are a result of sheer Force sensitivity rather than technique, even despite her Training from Hell.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her quest for vengeance against Dooku resulted in unleashing Savage Opress into the Galaxy, which ultimately led to the fall of Duchess Satine's pacifist New Mandalorian government.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Her Troubled Backstory Flashback revealed that she was indeed a sweet kid until her parental figure Ky Narec was murdered.
  • The Vamp: Ventress knows that most humanoids find her attractive. By the time of Dark Disciple, she has no qualms about using this as a weapon while working on a job. She even has two different tactics: the "nod-and-wink" is supposedly more subtle (although it's not shown), whereas the "full-on gambit" is flat-out active seduction and unsubtle flirtation.
  • Vapor Wear: Her Sexy Backless Outfit strongly implies this.
  • Villain Protagonist: She begins to become this during the third season and it's played up in the fourth season.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The main reason for her siding with the Separatists seems to have been her desire to prove herself to Count Dooku as a worthy apprentice.
  • Whip Sword: She uses a Sinister Scythe-on-a-chain during the second test of the Nightbrother "competitors" in "Monster".
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Her first outfit, under the long skirt, which she removed when fighting.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Though she starts off seeming like your typical villainess, it's revealed that she was this all along. She becomes especially sympathetic after Count Dooku, the man who trained her in the ways of the Dark Side, betrayed her.

    Talzin 

Mother Talzin

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"Where one sees failure, others see opportunity."

Voiced by: Barbara Goodson
Appearances: The Clone Wars | Son of Dathomir | Jedi: Fallen Ordernote 

"Our loyalty is reserved only for each other."

The leader of the Nightsisters, whose true motives remain obscure.


  • Abusive Parents: It goes unmentioned at the time, but the reveal that she is Maul's actual mother means that Savage and Feral are her sons as well (unless they're Maul's paternal half-brothers instead of full-brothers). The former she brainwashes into a living weapon and the latter she watches get murdered right in front of her without raising a finger to stop it.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In Legends, she stayed as a character who only actually opposed other villains like Dooku and who only acted out to recover her own power after losing it. In the canon, Son of Dathomir reveals she had a deal with Darth Sidious where he would make her his right hand to rule the galaxy.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Her last fighting scene in Legends has her briefly crossing blades with Windu and making him retreat, implying she could have given him a hell of a fight. However, in the canon, Son of Dathomir reveals she's actually not very good in swordfighting, which now implies she would have been soundly defeated by Windu had the duel dragged out. When she attacks Sidious while possessing Dooku's body, the former says she has nothing of the latter's fencing ability, and then proceeds to show it by defeating her in just a couple moves; this rules out she could be anywhere near the level of Windu, who held his own against Sidious and might have disarmed him legitimately in their own duel.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Her appearances in The Clone Wars show that she has a history together with Dooku. Further appearances in Canon, however, revealed she actually had even more history together with Sidious, who promised her to make her his right hand, only for him to kidnap Maul and turn his back on her. Canon also has her as Maul's biological mother instead of being his mother's clan leader (see Related in the Adaptation below).
  • Affably Evil: She seems to be genuinely polite to others and caring towards her people, although her inscrutable motives make it impossible to tell whether she's this or Faux Affably Evil.
  • Ambiguous Situation: She collaborated with the ages-old Frangawl Cult from Bardotta and said cult refers to her as "Great Mother" as if she were another deity of theirs or a messianic figure. Aside from her collaboration with them to harvest the Living Force from the Dagoyan Masters for her use, it's unclear if the cult actually reveres her or they're separate parties collaborating with each other for their own separate agendas.
  • Ambiguously Evil: She's certainly sinister and ruthless, but the only time she has actually opposed the heroes was in the events of "The Disappeared", where she collaborated with a non-Dathomirian Force cult to harvest the Living Force from people for use. By the end of Son of Dathomir, she seems to have settled as an evil manipulator, but one who is largely focused on her own goals, with little interest in the galaxy-spanning events of the Clone Wars. Subverted when she reveals Sidious was supposed to make her his right hand.
  • Arc Villain: Of "The Disappeared" two-parter.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She is by far the most powerful of the Nightsisters, as expected from the Clan Mother and shaman. Her sword skills were enough for her to hold off Mace Windu in magic sword-to-lightsaber combat, pushing him back with her first slash, matching him in a short Blade Lock and only being forced to flee when Jar Jar sabotaged the ritual she was going to use to maintain her physical form. She's even powerful enough to hold her own against Sidious in a Force lightning duel of all things, in a way that only Windu and Yoda have ever demonstrated in Canon.
  • Beam-O-War: In Son of Dathomir, she engages in a Force-lighting contest with Darth Sidious, with Dooku backing Sidious and Maul begging her to let him help. She refuses and thus loses, sacrificing herself to save her son.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Her iridescent irides (which are typical of the Nightsisters) are surrounded by black sclerae.
  • Blatant Lies: She claims to have no control over the Nightbrothers. Obi-Wan points out that the galaxy knows the Nightsisters call the shots on Dathomir.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: During the invasion of Dathomir, she reveals to have a voodoo ritual that enables her to harm Dooku from her own planet. However, despite she effectively threats to kill him through the spell, she takes her time to slowly torture him by parts instead of going for the kill quickly. In fact, considering that getting revenge against Dooku was her first goal all the time, one wonders why didn't she use the ritual from the beginning instead of messing things up with Ventress and Savage.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Son of Dathomir reveals that she wastes away some of her physical body every time she uses her magic, and restoring Darth Maul's body and sanity took a heavy toll on her body. When her plan to have the Frangawl cult harvest Queen Julia's life force was foiled by Jar Jar Binks and Mace Windu, she was left without a body and aided Maul as a spirit. It took possessing and feeding on Count Dooku's body to restore hers, only to be Killed Off for Real shortly after.
  • The Chessmaster: She effortlessly sets various individuals and groups against each other throughout the Nightsisters trilogy. In Son of Dathomir, she's practically playing chess with Darth Sidious to see who can Out Gambit the other. Darth Sidious ultimately wins.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She provides "help" to Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku, Savage Opress, the Jedi Order, and Darth Maul. However, she is serving her own agenda and frequently she's pitting them against each other behind the others back all the time; indeed, half the time they are asking for her help is to counter something that was the result of her machinations in the first place.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: She inflicted this on Count Dooku through the use of a Voodoo Doll. She continues when she possesses him and absorbs his life force in Son of Dathomir.
  • Cold Ham: She has her moments and her Voice of the Legion only serves to aid her hamminess. After all, she is voiced by the same woman who played Rita Repulsa and Laharl, although Talzin is rather subdued compared to those two.
  • Composite Character: In Legends, Darth Maul's mother was a Nightsister named Kycina, who was trying to keep her son away from Talzin and whom Talzin was actively pursuing in turn. In canon, Kycina doesn't exist, and Talzin is Maul's mother herself. The circumstances of Maul being taken by Sidious are also different.
  • Cool Sword: She wields one forged from the ether during her duel with Mace Windu.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: Apparently, she and Dooku have a history with each other, but the only things revealed are that Dooku had helped Talzin once and apparently gave a lock of his hair to her as part of some sort of deal.
  • Crystal Ball: She has one, which she used to track down Savage at Obi-Wan's request and to find Maul. She also tried to use another one for taking harvested Living Force.
  • Deflector Shields: She used a magical version during the Battle of Dathomir.
  • Demonic Possession: She does this to Count Dooku in Son of Dathomir so she can absorb the Living Force from him to restore her own body. She gets out with her body restored (and without killing Dooku) during her duel with Sidious.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite her Abusive Parents tendencies, Talzin did seem to genuinely love Maul. She used part of her own spirit to reconstruct his legs, and shortly after regaining her own body, she sacrificed herself to allow Maul to escape from Darth Sidious, Count Dooku, and General Grievous. There's also the fact that her ultimate goal turned out to be revenge against Sidious for taking Maul away from her.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Her normal voice is accompanied by an almost demonic reverberation.
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • She aids Ventress in her battles with Dooku.
    • She similarly aids Maul and the Shadow Collective against Sidious, Dooku, and Grievous.
  • * Matriarchy:
  • Facial Markings: Her face features some rather creepy black markings.
  • Femme Fatalons: Her nails are quite a bit longer than those of the other Nightsisters.
  • Flaming Sword: In an event where she decides to fight physically, as shown in "The Disappeared", she can conjure a sword of green fire capable of matching blows with a lightsaber.
  • Foreshadowing: Her having parts of her phasing in and out of reality and her goal to harvest the living Force from Queen Julia in "The Disappeared" was a sign that she was losing her physical form.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Talzin's last act is to hold off Sidious and Dooku so that Maul can escape with his life.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: She seems to have some kind of agenda, but exactly what it might be remains unknown until Son of Dathomir - she wants to get back at Darth Sidious for stealing her son Maul.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In Son of Dathomir, General Grievous kills Talzin with two lightsabers through her chest.
  • Intangible Woman: She escaped Grievous and his Separatist droids by turning into green mist.
  • Killed Off for Real: She escaped death at General Grievous's hands at the end of "Massacre" by disappearing into thin air. Then she lost her physical body after using her magick one too many times, leaving her as a spirit. After she restored her body, she's impaled by Grievous in Son of Dathomir while trying to hold off Darth Sidious and her body crumbles like ashes.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When her plan to take Queen Julia's lifeforce was thwarted, she fled the scene rather than continue her duel with Mace Windu.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She wears a rather elaborate dress, her motivations and goals remained a secret, and while she's also able to conjure green Force lightning, use magical Deflector Shields, and form Flaming Swords, she mainly uses more "subtle" techniques, such as transforming Savage Opress into a hulking, nigh-unstoppable avatar of primal anger, torturing Count Dooku from millions of lightyears away with a Voodoo Doll, harvesting Living Force, and later possessing Dooku. She also possesses a Voice of the Legion.
  • Large and in Charge: She towers over all the other Nightsisters by a head at least, not counting her headgear. That includes Ventress, who's 5 feet 10 inches tall. In fact, she's barely shorter than Savage after his transformation.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Son Of Dathomir reveals that she is Darth Maul's biological mother. This is downplayed in that the revelation is made to Count Dooku and the audience; Maul has known that for quite some time before the revelation.
  • Magic Knight: In addition to her magic and witchcraft, she's also really skilled with a blade to the point she could match Mace Windu for a short period of time.
  • Magitek: She used her magics to create Maul's cybernetic legs. It also cost some of her physical form.
  • Mama Bear: In addition to being very protective of her clan, the third issue of Son of Dathomir reveals that she is not very happy with Darth Sidious for taking away her son, Darth Maul, and then leaving him to die. Further, she sacrifices her life to give him a chance to escape.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Throughout the Nightsisters and Brothers arc, with Count Dooku being the primary target, though she arguably manipulates Ventress, Savage, and the Jedi as well.
  • A Mother to Her Men: She cares for the Nightsisters that she leads like children and is upset when they are killed by Separatist forces. To a lesser extent, this applies to the Nightbrothers as well, at least in the case of Savage and Maul (both of whom are her biological sons, although there is some suggested Parental Favoritism since she didn't seem as concerned about Feral's execution).
  • No Body Left Behind/No Immortal Inertia: She's killed minutes after she regains her body, which then crumbles into dust as her magic bleeds out of it after she dies.
  • One Bad Mother: She's the Clan Mother of the Nightsisters and biological mother of Maul in addition to being an extremely dangerous witch.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Her sadistic Cold-Blooded Torture of Count Dooku was in retaliation for his genocide against the Nightsisters.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the Legends continuity, Darth Maul's biological mother was a Nightsister from Talzin's clan called Kycina, who was explicitly revolting against Talzin by giving Maul away. In Canon, as revealed in Son of Dathomir, Talzin herself is Maul's mother instead. While Son of Dathomir was based on the scripts for unmade The Clone Wars episodes, this relation seems to have been an addition by the latter, as a short Legends story by James Luceno further established Talzin and Kycina as different people.
  • The Reveal: Son of Dathomir reveals that she is Darth Maul's mother.
  • Revenge: As revealed in Son of Dathomir, her goal all along was to pay back Sidious for betraying her and taking her son from her, whom he later left to die.
  • Shock and Awe: She can conjure green Force lightning.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Her spells tend to have this effect.
  • Squishy Wizard: As mentioned above, she is really powerful, but prefers to focus on supporting her sisters through her magic rather than getting physical unless absolutely necessary. Most notably, she tortures Dooku with a voodoo doll, threatening to destroy him if he does not withdraw his Separatist forces. But when Grievous interrupts, she turns intangible and escapes. When she's preoccupied with protecting Darth Maul while he escapes, Grievous finishes her off for good. That said, this seems to be simply a preference, as shown in "The Disappeared" when she doesn't hesitate to challenge Mace Windu to a sword fight and actually holds her own for the brief period seen. This hints that the only thing holding her back was the degradation of her body from the overuse of her magics and being so close to her goal of draining Queen Julia made her decide it was worth the risk.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Mother Zalem from Star Wars: Republic, with their character designs, names and roles in the story being almost identical (although quite expanded in Talzin's case). Official materials later established Talzin was actually Zalem's successor.
  • The Svengali: Until the reveal of Maul being her son, it was not quite clear why she helped Ventress, but the fact she aided Savage as well made it clear that she wasn't acting out of the goodness of her heart.
  • Token Wholesome: Her wardrobe is rather conservative, especially compared to the other Nightsisters.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: What Sidous suggests about her swordfighting. Her magic makes her naturally very powerful but she's not really skilled. After a mere few blows exchanged with Palpatine, he disarms her with ease.
  • Villain Teleportation: She uses this to escape Grievous in "Massacre" and flee the scene after her plan with the Frangawl cult was foiled.
  • Voice of the Legion: She speaks with a deep, creepy, demonic echo, complete with a Transylvanian-esque accent.
  • Voodoo Doll: She used one to torture Dooku during the Battle of Dathomir.

    Daka 

Old Daka

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Voiced by: Kathleen Gati
Appearances: The Clone Wars

"Then I will begin the chant of resurrection."

The oldest and wisest of the Nightsisters, according to Talzin.


  • Crystal Ball: Just like Talzin, Daka has one that she uses in her spell to summon the undead.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: She has the same reverberation to her voice as Talzin.
  • Evil vs. Evil: She raised an undead army to help the Nightsisters fight General Grievous and his droids.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Grievous impales her with a lightsaber.
  • Necromancer: She can summon an army of Nightsister zombies, and is apparently the only one possessing the ability.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Her zombies can only stay "alive" for as long as she maintains the spell. The instant she's killed by Grievous, they drop like flies. Then, the Separatist droids kill the rest of the clan.
  • Orcus On Her Throne: Despite seemingly being more powerful than Mother Talzin herself (given Talzin having to rely on her to cast the reanimation spell), she seems content with remaining subordinate to the latter. Possibly justified by Daka being ostensibly too old to fight and serve as an active villain.
  • Supervillain Lair: She has a hidden cave near the back of the Nightsisters' fortress, which can only be opened by magic. The droids just blow down the wall with a rocket launcher.
  • Squishy Wizard: Again, like Talzin, she is extremely powerful magic-wise but utterly helpless once Grievous barges into her lair. She can only flail briefly before he stabs her.
  • Voice of the Legion: Much like Mother Talzin.
  • Wicked Witch: She's a very old, heavily wrinkled, long-nosed, creepily looking (and sounding) woman with a sickly skin tone who can reanimate the fallen Nightsisters.

    Karis 

Karis

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Voiced by: Catherine Taber
Appearances: The Clone Wars

One of the best Nightsister warriors of Mother Talzin's coven.


  • Dark Action Girl: As is normal for a Nightsister warrior. She is considered one of the best warriors among Mother Talzin's coven, alongside Naa'leth, who she is sent with to help Asajj Ventress kill Count Dooku.
  • Facial Markings: Like all Nightsisters, she has tattoos in a unique pattern on her face.
  • Famous Last Words: After being crushed by a pillar, Karis uses her last breath to encourage Ventress to fight for Dathomir.
    Karis: Go and lead us to victory...
  • In the Hood: She wears a pointed red hood.
  • Laser Blade: She uses a green lightsaber during the attempted assassination on Count Dooku.

    Merrin 

Merrin

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Voiced by: Tina Ivlev
Appearances: Jedi: Fallen Order

The last surviving Nightsister following Count Dooku's genocide, living quietly on Dathomir and driving off anyone who disturbs her people's isolation. However, her worldview is shaken upon her encounter with former Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis.


  • Ambiguously Bi: In addition to her Ship Tease with Cal, one of her in-ship dialogues has her talking about a fellow Nightsister named Ilyana that she was very close to when she was younger, to the point of hoping they would be together when they grew up.
  • Badass Boast: After discovering Malicos's betrayal, she delivers this gem:
    Merrin: When you face one Nightsister of Dathomir, you face us all!
  • Bad Powers, Good People: She has access to Dathomirian magick, including necromancy, but is a good person. She and the crew even chat about how she's able to use the dark side without the usual, awful consequences - the answer is basically 'very carefully', with the Nightsister rituals themselves serving to abstract its psychological effects and make it more of a mechanical process or a religious ritual than an outpouring of raw, deadly emotion.
  • Big Damn Heroes: During Cal and Malicos' duel, she intervenes half-way through on Cal's behalf and helps him defeat the Dark Jedi with her distractions.
  • Brutal Honesty: She isn't one to mince words.
    Cal: Thank you for helping me with Malicos. Thought I was a goner for a minute.
    Merrin: *smiling* Yes, you would have died.
  • Child Prodigy: An Implied Trope. Despite being very young compared to most Nightsisters, she has access to skills only seen with Talzin or Daka.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She is an Nightsister, wielding all those sinister powers and being very creepy specially when introduced, but is revealed to have been misguided and ultimately is a good person.
  • Dark Magical Girl: She is a textbook model for this trope - a girl who is very powerful in dark magick with a tragic background (as the Sole Survivor of her people's genocide), she is led on and manipulated by an Evil Mentor who is only seeking to exploit her for her talents. After the truth is revealed, she teams up with The Hero and ultimately joins his side.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Once she joins the Mantis crew, she shows some significant shades of this. For example, after explaining to the group the intense training regimen she underwent to properly control her magick:
    Greez: Oh, yeah! It's like that time I ate 10 pounds of Umbaran flank steak to get into a high-end cantina.
    Merrin: Yes. My magick is just like eating steak.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Her first introduction to Cal is not just cold, but outright murderous. As she realizes she was just a pawn of Taron Malicos, she loses her rage and hate progressively, giving way to sadness and eventually joy once she is in the Mantis crew. Noticeably, she turns from calling Cal her enemy, to her ally, to implicitly considering him a close friend.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Capable of manipulating the land of Dathomir to either raise platforms or even bury someone alive. It seems to be limited to Dathomir itself, however, and not present on other worlds.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Merrin joins Cal and the crew of the Mantis very late in the game after Malicos is defeated having realized she and Cal aren't so different as survivors of mass purging of their kind and out of a desire to join him as they both try to move forward for the sake of finding their places in the galaxy.
  • Facial Markings: Has an symmetrical tattoo across her brow and cheeks.
  • Fish out of Water: She has had virtually no information about the galaxy beyond Dathomir until Cal came, due to her people's isolationism and Malicos's manipulations. As such, when she is told "the Empire" is after what Cal, she asks what Empire, not having the slightest idea about the state of the galaxy. She also can't speak Binary (meaning she can't understand BD-1), but that isn’t as odd, as other characters in the franchise have the same difficulty, including Greez in Jedi: Fallen Order itself.
  • Good Costume Switch: She wears a hooded, jewelry-encrusted black-on-red robe during Cal's first visit to Dathomir, when she attempts to drive him off due to her mistaken belief that the Jedi killed her people. When he returns to find her questioning her choices and willing to join him, she's switched to a plain-looking red-on-black tunic.
  • Hand Blast: Can throw balls of magical ichor at her foes like hand grenades.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She is initially an protege to a Dark Jedi that crash-landed on her planet who used her to exploit the planet's magick. After meeting Cal, she comes to realize she's been manipulated, helps him defeat her master, and leaves Dathomir to join his journey.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: She is modeled after her English voice actress.
  • Insistent Terminology: Greez calls her a witch upon meeting her for the first time and she immediately tells him to refer to her as "Nightsister" instead.
  • Last of Her Kind: At the very least, she is the last surviving Nightsister still living in Dathomir. Seeing that Cal finds a potential means to bring about the next generation of Jedi, as he himself says, just serves to make her sadder, as she knows "nothing will bring back [her] people."
  • Necromancer: Shows herself capable of performing the resurrection incantation not unlike Daka, which she uses to turn her fallen sisters against intruders.
  • Not So Above It All: While she is usually no-nonsense and all business, when Greez seems especially nervous and offers to cook the crew of the Mantis steaks, she notes that she likes them rare, even stopping him from walking away specifically to tell him that. Evidently hanging around the Mantis has an effect on her, as she later jokes that she needs a sacrifice for a cloaking ritual, and that one of Greez's arms will do nicely.
  • No Social Skills: She clearly never had much experience with just being around and talking to people.
  • Not So Different: To Cal. Both of them survived a Sith purge that annihilated their people, and were left alone to fend for themselves as a result. While she points out that Jedi and Nightsisters don't mix well together, they go along with each other as survivors.
    Merrin: Nightsisters and Jedi do not travel together but... survivors. We adapt.
  • Odd Friendship: As she herself notes, Nightsisters and Jedi do not go well together, yet she travels with two Jedi (one former) by bonding with them as survivors.
  • Patriotic Fervor: As the last inheritor of her culture, she loves and respects Dathomir and its civilisation deeply. It may be an absolutely hellish place by just about anyone else's standards, but it's still her home, and still a place with a rich and ancient history and culture (even if most of it was horrible).
  • Pet the Dog: When the Mantis first arrived on Dathomir, Malicos told her to kill Cere and Greez. Merrin decided against it, as they posed no threat. Keep in mind this is before her Heel–Face Turn and befriending of Cal.
  • Token Heroic Orc: Perhaps due to growing up alone, without the rest of the power-hungry cult to indoctrinate her, Merrin is the only Nightsister who explicitly takes wholly sympathetic actions while remaining one of the brood (Ventress having changed after leaving), ultimately leading to her joining forces with a Jedi and setting forth to do good in the galaxy. Even before changing sides, she only fights to protect her home from a threat she has been led to believe is evil, rather than out of vindictive malice or ambition like the others.
  • Ship Tease: Seems to develop an interest in Cal beyond mere friendship. She inquires about Cal’s relationship with Cere as without mentioning Greez, and the two later share a hug for which she awkwardly apologizes (on account of his injuries).
  • Teleportation: Can use magick to teleport from one area to another.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Not that she is a bad person by any means, but the longer she spends time around people who aren’t Taron Malicos or from Dathomir, the nicer and more relaxed she becomes. By the end of the game, she outright gives Cal a hug when he recovers from his injuries.
  • Vampire Vords: Despite not actually being a vampire, her pale skin and necromancy, along with living on Dathomir in a place not too far removed from Überwald, helps give her distinctly Slavic accent this feeling.
  • Voice of the Legion: She can pull this off, at least during a scene when she sees Malicos is revealed to have lied to her, seemingly connected to the stronger of her rituals, such as mass use of her necromancy or a ritual to render the Mantis invisible.

    Naa'leth 

Naa'leth

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Voiced by: Cara Pifko
Appearances: The Clone Wars

Another Nightsister warrior in Mother Talzin's coven.


  • Dark Action Girl: As is normal for a Nightsister warrior. She is considered one of the best warriors among Mother Talzin's coven, alongside Karis, who she is sent with to help Asajj Ventress kill Count Dooku.
  • Energy Bow: One of her weapons is a Nightsister energy bow, which fires arrows made of pure plasma.
  • Facial Markings: Like all Nightsisters, she has tattoos in a unique pattern on her face.
  • Laser Blade: She uses a green lightsaber during the attempted assassination on Count Dooku.
  • Underestimating Badassery: She believes that Count Dooku will be easier to defeat than he actually is. When she, Asajj, and Karis are defeated, Naa'leth is stunned.
    Naa'leth: He is stronger than I imagined!
    Asajj: I warned you.

    Talia 

Talia

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Voiced by: Angelique Perrin
Appearances: The Clone Wars

A Nightsister warrior who serves Mother Talzin.


    Shelish 

Shelish

See her entry on the Anoat Sector page under Jhas Krill.

    Jerserra 

Jerserra

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Appearances: Ghosts of Dathomir

A Nightsister warrior who was taken from Dathomir and trained by an unidentified female Imperial Inquisitor.


  • Bastard Understudy: She eventually killed her Inquisitor master and took her lightsaber.
  • Cool Mask: She is shown wearing a face-concealing mask in a character art for Ghosts of Dathomir.
  • Dark Action Girl: As is normal for a Nightsister warrior.
  • Double Weapon: After killing her Inquisitor master, she took the Inquisitor's red double-bladed spinning lightsaber for herself.
  • Psycho for Hire: After killing her master, she became a mercenary in search for more power.

    Asajj Ventress's mother 

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The Nightsister with her daughter Ventress

Appearances: The Clone Wars

A Nightsister who was the mother of Asajj Ventress.


  • No Name Given: Her name isn't known.
  • Parental Abandonment: She was forced to give her up to the Siniteen criminal Hal'Sted to protect the Nightsisters clan.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Her eventual fate is unknown as she's nowhere to be seen even after her daughter returned to Dathomir and became a Nightsister herself.

    Nightsister Ghosts 

Nightsister ghosts

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Voiced by: Anna Graves (possessor of Sabine Wren), Meredith Salenger (possessor of Kanan Jarrus)
Appearances: Rebels

The spirits of fallen Nightsisters that were summoned by former Darth Maul and Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger to use their magic to see the future.


  • Big "NO!"/Rapid-Fire "No!": Sabine's Nightsister ghost, when Ezra pushes a possessed Sabine out of the altar's range.
  • Deal with the Devil: The participants that use their magic in a ritual for their own use must provide the same number of bodies or more for the spirits to use to return to the world of the living. Often it is the participants themselves, but non-participants that are brought in for the trade or just happen to be around work just as well (though don't expect the spirits to not attack the participants after possessing the others, since they still go after Maul and Ezra after getting Sabine and Kanan's bodies).
  • Demonic Possession: After they complete their side of the deal, they go after whoever they can possess as your payment.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Per typical of Nightsister magik possessions, the possessed get green eyes with ichor flowing out of them.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Maul unleashes them from their altar by using their magic to see the future.


Alternative Title(s): Star Wars Asajj Ventress

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