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Dathomir
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Location: Dathomir System, Quelii Sector, Outer Rim Territories
Native Species: Dathomirians
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.


  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: The women look like extremely pale skinned humans, while the males look like their Zabrak ancestors.
  • 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.
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  • Cavalry of the Dead: The Nightsisters have a "Chant of Resurrection", which allows the user the raise their dead in the graveyard. Apparently Old Daka was the only one who knew how to perform the spell.
  • 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). Canonically, as of now (unless there are other Dathomirian cultures out there as was the case in Legends), it would seem the Nightsister culture was killed off before the Clone Wars ended, with there being few survivors after the war.
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  • 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, the way the Nightsisters treat the Nightbrothers is horrifying, and it is treated as such.
  • 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, its an entire world that acts as a dark side locus. Seriously, go to any part of Dathomir and it's like Halloween.
  • Evil Albino: The Nightsisters all have pale white skin.
  • 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.
  • 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 two 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. As of the end of Dark Disciple, Shelish and Darth Maul are the only known remaining members of the species, and it would seem the Dathomirian species is now on the verge of extinction. There is some continuation of the Dathomirian species in Shelish's daughter, Deathstick, but with her father's species unknown, chances are that any remaining pure-blooded Dathomirians are going to be genetically thinned out over time. And with Darth Maul dying two years before the Battle of Yavin and missing everything below his stomach, that's the only option available.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Planet of Hats: The Nightsister clan's 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".

Nightbrothers

    Darth Maul 

(Darth) Maul

    Savage Opress 

Savage Opress

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Voiced by: Clancy Brown
Appearances: 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.


  • 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, it's unclear as to whether any of the evil acts Savage committed were done of his own volition, or if they were a result of the brainwashing. His final scene only adds to this ambiguity; he seemingly reverts to his former personality 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: Initially apprenticed under Count Dooku before Maul.
  • An Arm and a Leg: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 armour 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 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.
  • Dying as Yourself: As he dies, the Nightsister magick leaves his body and he presumably reverts to his original form and personality.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Even before his transformation, he came close to matching Ventress blow-for-blow, but following his transformation and enhancement by the Nightsisters, he takes down a Jedi Knight, a Padawan, and their clone army without breaking a sweat.
  • 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 his debut episode "Monster", 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 and all it did was 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 taskmaker 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.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He and Maul deliver a brutal one to Obi-Wan in "Revenge".
  • 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 armour 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 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 brother, but that was twisted by the Nightsisters to turn him into a monster.
  • 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 and a blow from him sent Dooku flying across a room. He gradually becomes more skilled with training from Maul.
  • 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 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.


  • The Dragon: He becomes this to Darth Maul in Son of Dathomir.
  • Facial Markings: Just like all Nightbrothers, he has facial tattoos.
  • Horned Humanoid: He is a Zabrak.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Whether he died in the devastation of the Nightbrother village after the death of Mother Talzin is currently unknown.
  • Worthy Opponent: He considers Count Dooku to be one, although he himself can't put up much of a fight against the Count.

Nightsisters

    Asajj Ventress 

Asajj Ventress

    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

"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. 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.
  • 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, but the only time she has actually opposed the heroes was during 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 a sinister manipulator, but one who is largely focused on her own goals, with little interest in the galaxy-spanning events of the Clone Wars.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She is by far the most powerful of the Nightsisters, as expected from the Clan Mother and shaman, and held off Mace Windu in magic sword-to-lightsaber combat for a short time, only being interrupted when Jar Jar sabotaged the ritual she was going to use to maintain her physical form. She's even powerful enough to take on Sidious (again, briefly).
  • 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.
  • 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: She replaces the Legends character Kycina as Darth Maul's mother.
  • 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 loved Maul enough to use part of herself to reconstruct him and, shortly after regaining her body, she sacrificed herself to allow Maul to escape from Darth Sidious, Count Dooku, and General Grievous.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Darth 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. 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 mother was a Nightsister called Kycina. In the Canon, Talzin is Maul's mother instead.
  • 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 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, which 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


    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.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Naa'leth.

    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.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Karis.
  • 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 Outer Rim Territories page under Jhas Krill.

    Nightsister Ghosts 

Nightsister ghosts

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.


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