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    Darth Bane 
Voiced by: Mark Hamill
Appears in: The Clone Wars

An ancient Sith who founded the Rule of Two.


  • Cool Mask: Wears one in his retconned appearance.
  • Dead All Along: He appears as a spirit in front of Yoda and talks to him as if he achieved immortality. Yoda, however, isn't fooled by Bane's words, knowing that he's just an illusion.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Mark Hamill.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes are all yellow.
  • Power Echoes: His voice is distorted and echoic.
  • Predecessor Villain: He's the founder of the line of Sith that spawned Sidious and Dooku.
  • Retcon: A model of Darth Bane resembling his appearance in the Expanded Universe was created for the Mortis arc, but a new model bearing no resemblance to prior depictions was created for his ghost. The episode guide makes it clear that the latter is now considered his canon appearance.
  • Rule of Two: He created the Rule of Two to govern the Sith and stop their Chronic Backstabbing Disorder from weakening the Order.
  • Sole Survivor: As he explains, he was the single remaining Sith Lord after the last wars over a thousand years prior.
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    Darth Plagueis 

Darth Plagueis

The master of Darth Sidious, also known as Darth Plagueis "the Wise".

    Darth Sidious 

Darth Sidious (Palpatine)

    Darth Maul 

Darth Maul

Portrayed by: Ray Park
Voiced by: Peter Serafinowicz (The Phantom Menace), Sam Witwer (The Clone Wars)
"Revenge! I must have revenge!"

Darth Sidious' first Sith apprentice, a Dathomirian Zabrak warrior who is skilled with a double-bladed lightsaber. Although seemingly killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Battle of Naboo, his hatred for the young Jedi proves strong enough for him to survive his injuries and seek vengeance against Kenobi throughout the Clone Wars.


  • Artificial Limbs: He first gains a crude, spider-like apparatus to replace his lower body; then a pair of sleeker, four-toed legs; and finally a set of more human-like legs.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: After he defeats and kills Vizsla, the Death Watch (save for Bo-Katan and the Night Owls) immediately accepts Maul as their new leader.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Anyone who wields a double-bladed lightsaber without cutting themselves in half, let alone at all, is either a Sith wannabe loonie with zero experience or a top-tier actual badass. Unfortunately for the heroes, Maul is a badass.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: All Sith Lords come with this, and "Darth Maul" is no exception.
  • Ax-Crazy: Maul was always a Blood Knight, but since his return, he's seemingly become so bloodthirsty that he's willing to butcher dozens of innocent people just to get Obi-Wan's attention.
  • Badass Boast: Gives a terrifying one in his message to Obi-Wan in "Revenge".
    Darth Maul: There will be more innocent blood on your hands, Kenobi, unless you face me. Come alone. If you do not, this world... (decapitates a group of hostages in one swing) will burn.
    • Delivers one in "Eminence".
      Darth Maul: Our combined strength will be rewarded. Mandalore will be yours, and Kenobi, this Sith pretender Dooku, and all our enemies... will fall.
  • Badass in Charge: Of the criminal army he assembled in "Eminence". In "Shades of Reason", he becomes one to the Death Watch, and essentially all of Mandalore as well, after he kills Pre Vizsla.
  • Bald of Evil: With a crown of spikes atop his head to boot.
  • Bastard Understudy: All Sith apprentices are this by definition. Given his loyalty to Sidious, it's fair to say that Maul has more the "understudy" than the "bastard" in him.
  • Best Served Cold: When Obi-Wan escapes from him, he realizes that after waiting a decade for vengeance, he really can afford to wait a bit longer. According to both Sam Witwer and Dave Filoni, he also realized that merely torturing Obi-Wan to death isn't nearly satisfying enough.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: He and Pre Vizsla form one in "Eminence", although he intended to overthrow him from the start. In "Shades of Reason", Maul kills Vizsla and usurps his command of Death Watch.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He tries really hard to build himself a substantial army and base and become a menace to the Galaxy, but doing so would have caused problems for Sidious, who obviously doesn't waste time to put Maul on his place.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He teaches his brother Savage Opress, and often refers to him as only "apprentice". In "The Lawless", however, he's shown to have cared somewhat about him when Sidious kills him.
  • Black Cloak: A staple for any Sith Lord, which he removes for his final battle with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan.
  • Blatant Lies: When Sidious shows up at his doorstep he tries to pretend that he's still loyal to him, but Sidious sees right through it.
  • Body Horror: When Savage finds him, he looks horrible: His entire lower body has been replaced with a crude, spider-like apparatus, his horns have tripled in length, veins are visible all over his body, and he's lost an unhealthy amount of weight. Even having his new legs fashioned is no less horrific; the wires and cables fuse themselves to his spine, then the scrapmetal is heated, with the legs themselves being forged from the molten metal. Judging from Maul's reactions, the procedure was very painful.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brains to Savage's brawn, though he's more than capable of handling himself in a fight.
  • Break the Badass: He's terrified when he realizes that Sidious has arrived in "The Lawless".
  • The Brute: Unlike Sidious' other apprentices, Maul was raised as little more than a blunt instrument for his master.
  • Challenging the Chief: He challenges Vizsla to decide who shall lead Death Watch and Mandalore. Maul wins.
  • Chewing the Scenery/Evil Is Hammy: In The Clone Wars, particularly before he is healed, in contrast to his appearance in The Phantom Menace.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A very dark version of this trope; when Savage finds him in "Brothers", Maul is ranting incoherently, randomly spouting bits of Sith philosophy and even speaking as if Sidious were present.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He brings back-up in the form of Savage in his confrontation with Obi-Wan on Raydonia, and is more than willing to fight dirty to defeat the equally pragmatic Vizsla.
  • Continuity Nod: His design (elongated horns, shirtless, circlet around the neck, cybernetic lower body) seems to be a homage to his appearance in the non-canon comic "Old Wounds". Once he switches to his second pair of cybernetic legs, he actually becomes nearly identical to that design: only his horns were returned to their normal length.
    • Also, the way he draws his lightsaber just before the Raydonia massacre is just like when Anakin slaughters younglings in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Cyborg: He gains cybernetic replacements for his lost legs.
  • Dark Is Evil: He explicitly speaks of the power of the dark side during his confrontation with Obi-Wan in "The Lawless".
  • Darth Vader Clone: The first of the prequel trilogy's three "proto-Vaders", an utterly remorseless Heavy who kills the film's mentor figure and enforces Darth Sidious' will.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He gets a good one in while interrogating Oruba the Hutt, which serves to make him more menacing.
    Darth Maul: So the only thing you can tell me is that I will find Jabba... at Jabba's palace?
    • Also while talking with Satine:
      Maul: Where are the other leaders of your people?
      Satine: You should already know. They either sided with Vizsla or have been killed. There's no one left but Almec and I, but he's as corrupt and vile as you are.
      Maul: Really? Thank you for being so cooperative.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: He attempts to become one in Season 5 of The Clone Wars, even referring to himself and Savage as "crime lords". Maul's first attempt to build a criminal enterprise blows up in his face (partly because Hondo's much nicer to his men than most criminals), but with the assistance of Pre Vizsla and Death Watch, Maul manages to co-opt the Black Suns and the Hutt Cartel, as well as recruit the Pyke family (a group of spice dealers), forming them into a criminal empire. Even after Sidious captures him and imprisons him on Stygeon, the Shadow Collective continues to remain loyal to Maul (with the exception of the Hutt Cartel, which deserted) and busts him out. However, it partially falls apart when General Grievous leads an army to Zanbar, annihilates the base there and forces Maul retreat. The Mandalorian members are willing to fight to the end during the Battle of Ord Mantell while the Black Sun and Pykes are a little more reluctant.
  • Disney Villain Death: He falls down a deep shaft after Obi-Wan cuts him in half. Surprisingly, he manages to live through that.
  • Double Weapon: His Weapon of Choice in The Phantom Menace is a double-bladed lightsaber. After resurfacing, he uses only the remaining half of his weapon.
  • The Dragon: Darth Sidious' first in the saga (chronologically).
  • The Dreaded: Subverted; Maul's been out of the game so long (and the Sith are so obscure besides) that most people don't know enough to fear him, although Maul is more than happy to give people reasons to fear him.
  • Dual Wielding: He briefly uses his lightsaber and Pre Vizsla's darksaber in tandem during his fight with Sidious.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is genuinely crushed by his brother's death in "The Lawless".
  • Evil Counterpart: To Anakin Skywalker (pre-Face–Heel Turn): both were slaves as children and then passed down to be taught the ways of the Force; both are incredibly skilled and powerful at a young age; both form master-apprentice and brotherly relationships with another (Obi-Wan with Anakin and Savage with Maul); both were nearly killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi and restored to life using machinery; and finally, both are cast aside by Palpatine/Darth Sidious in favor of another potential apprentice (Maul for Anakin, and Anakin for Luke).
  • Evil Overlord: Becomes one after conquering Mandalore.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: During the few instances where he actually speaks in The Phantom Menace. In this case, it was actually dubbed over the actor's normal "squeaky" voice to make him sound more threatening.
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • In "Shades of Reason" he kills Pre Vizsla in a duel, and takes his place as leader of Death Watch.
    • In "The Lawless" Sidious confronts him and Savage in a duel.
    • In the first and second issues of "Son of Dathomir" he briefly crosses swords with General Grievous.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: In "Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir", Dooku confronted Maul in prison. Maul told him that he had heard much of the Jedi traitor, and he was expecting more from him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In contrast to Savage, who's more of a brutish thug, he has more sophistication and charisma. However, none of it is real and serves to make alliances. When he does drop the act, he's a snarling monster.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: After being restored, Savage had to bring him up to speed on recent events since he spent the last 11+ years isolated on a junkyard world going insane.
  • Flat Character: His two defining traits are his devotion to his master and his hatred of the Jedi Order. This gets fixed in The Clone Wars.
  • Foil/Not So Different/Shadow Archetype: A skilled warrior and tactician with a dry sense of humour and a brotherly relationship with his apprentice, who lost something important to him at the Battle of Theed, who aids a Mandalorian in trying to build Mandalore to their ideal, and is devoted to their own chosen ideology. Now, does that description fit Darth Maul or Obi-Wan?
  • Gotta Get Your Head Together: No external attack involved, but when Savage found him, he was often clutching his temples. Since he was insane at the time, it's a visual for him trying to "hold on" to what little was left of his mind.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even with his mechanical legs, he's quite a capable fighter, even incorporating some of his classic acrobatic moves.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Obi-Wan cuts him clean through his waist, complete with Disney Villain Death. After Savage found him, Mother Talzin fashioned him new cybernetic legs. Both Obi-Wan and Ventress cracked jokes about it.
  • Heroic Second Wind: "Heroic" definitely doesn't apply, but after Sidious killed Savage, and mocked him about being replaced as the Sith apprentice, Maul went toe-to-toe with his former Master in the remainder of their ligthsaber duel, but was ultimately defeated.
  • He’s Back: Takes a while for him to regain his composure, though.
  • Hero Killer: He kills Qui-Gon in The Phantom Menace, who was the series protagonist up until then.
  • Horned Humanoid: As a Zabrak, he has a "crown" of horns atop his head.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: It's not confirmed, but implied that he may have resorted to sapient cannibalism during his state of insanity on Lotho Minor if his relationship with Morley is anything to go by, with Morley feeding on the leftovers.
  • Implacable Man: He doesn't stop hunting the Jedi until Obi-Wan cuts him in half. Even that isn't enough to put him down for good.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: In addition to his double-bladed lightsaber, he helps himself to Pre Vizsla's Darksaber after killing him.
  • In the Hood: Up until his final confrontation with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, when he removes the hood to reveal his spiked head.
  • Kick the Dog: In "Revenge", throwing his murder of Qui-Gon in Obi-Wan's face just to provoke him.
    • In "The Lawless", killing Satine to torment Obi-Wan. Two dogs, one kick.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Killing Pre Vizsla.
  • Knight of Cerebus: A third for The Clone Wars series, following Cad Bane and Savage. When Maul shows up, things get dark (he callously slaughtered innocent children, for instance).
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In "Revival", after Savage lost an arm and the pirates turned on them, Maul wisely decided to just take his brother and leave.
    • In the first issue of Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, he and the Shadow Collective were forced to retreat from Zanbar after General Grievous led an army to destroy the Shadow Collective base there. It's all part of Dooku and Sidious's plan to lure out Mother Talzin. Ironically, he and Talzin are trying to do the exact same thing with Sidious.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: He's one of the more physical lightsaber duelists of the saga, rarely using his Force powers at all in a fight.
  • Laughing Mad: After The Phantom Menace. He gets better, though.
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: While he offered them money as well, he mainly used intimidation to get Hondo's men to join him. All it took for the pirates to turn against him was Hondo's forgiveness and Obi-Wan forcing Maul and Savage to retreat.
  • Magitek: The cybernetic legs Mother Talzin created for him. Also according to both Word of God and The Sith Hunters tie-in comicbook, Maul used the Force to create the crude spider-like apparatus he was first seen with in the series.
  • Master Swordsman: His fighting style focuses on swordsmanship over Force powers, making him one of the most skilled combatants in the franchise at a cost of raw power. He even manges to hold his own against Darth Sidious for a bit.
  • Meaningful Name: "Maul" means both "to maim or mutilate" and "an extremely heavy hammer used as a weapon".
  • Mind over Matter: Once he was shown dragging a several ton Theta-class shuttle across a plateau using the Force alone.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Unlike most Sith apprentices, who usually seem to just put up with their masters until they can finally betray them, Darth Maul is completely loyal to Darth Sidious. Once he regains his sanity and discovers that Darth Sidious replaced him with Dooku and never bothered to see if he was alive, he quickly loses any loyalty he once had to him.
  • Neck Lift: He's proficient in Force Choke, using it several times in "Eminence" alone.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He and Savage inflict a brutal one to Obi-Wan in "Revenge".
    • Maul himself later delivers one to Vizsla at the end of their duel in "Shades of Reason", which included the Sith Lord breaking Viszla's arm.
    • He finds himself on the receiving end of one at the hands of Darth Sidious after losing their duel on Mandalore.
  • No One Could Survive That!: What was initially believed about his "death" on Naboo. Subverted later, when he and Savage seemingly go down with their ship, Obi-Wan is convinced he lived, citing the fact that he cut Maul in half before, and that failed to kill him.
  • Not Quite Dead: Obi-Wan bisected him at the waist, but it didn't keep Maul down.
  • Not So Above It All: After Sidious curb-stomps him, he begs for his life.
  • Not So Different: He loses his brother Savage in a similar manner to how his rival Obi-Wan lost Qui-Gon.
  • Obviously Evil: If the black robes and red lightsaber didn't give him away to Qui-Gon as a Sith...
  • Oh, Crap!: His reaction when he recognized Sidious's presence on Mandalore.
    Darth Maul: Hmm, I sense a presence. A presence... I haven't... felt since... *gasps* Master!
  • Off with His Head!: Does this to several people at once in one swing in "Revenge".
    • In "Shades of Reason", he uses this as the method of executing Pre Vizsla.
  • Parental Abandonment: "Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir" (the official continuation of Maul's arc in the TV-series), states that Maul was a gift to Sidious from Mother Talzin as a prepubescent child, The fact that Talzin could just hand him over the Sidious implies that his parents didn't care for him.
  • The Power of Hate: He survived his bifurcation due to his raw hatred for Obi-Wan, and this is the only thing keeping him alive. This is also deconstructed in that said hatred also drove him insane over the course of 11 years and it wasn't until he was brought to Mother Talzin that his sanity was restored.
    Darth Maul: My hatred kept my spirit intact, even though my body was not.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In season 5 of The Clone Wars, he realizes that he and Savage can't just run around killing and looting to survive because it would draw the Jedi to them.
    • In "Eminence", he decides against killing the fleeing Sugi, Embo, Latts and Dengar, as they are merely bounty hunters, who have no loyalty to the Hutts (whom Maul and his allies were attacking at the time). Sam Witwer also speculated that Maul might have foreseen some possible use for them in the future, adding to Maul's pragmatism.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Quite often, especially in "The Lawless"
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Shows some signs of this before being healed, hiding behind boxes and being lured out when he follows a light conjured by Mother Talzin in an almost childlike state of fascination.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The poster boy: he dresses in black Sith robes, has black and red tattoos all over his body, his eyes are gold and red, and he wields a red double-bladed lightsaber. The Death Watch soldiers loyal to him follow suit, painting their armor to match Maul's coloring.
  • Redemption Rejection: Obi-Wan tried to appeal to his inner good, claiming to understand that he didn't choose the Dark Side out of his own will. He gleefully refused the offered chance, by murdering Satine.
  • Revenge: Seeks revenge on Obi-Wan for defeating him on Naboo.
    Darth Maul: I was apprenticed to the most powerful being in the galaxy once. I was destined to be... so much more. But I was robbed of that destiny by the Jedi. By Obi-Wan Kenobi...
  • Revenge Before Reason: Surprisingly, averted. Despite spending twelve years in a state of insanity on a trash-filled, flaming hellhole of a world, Maul is very smart in how he pursues his vengeance on Obi-Wan, and makes a point of working on some of his other goals, rather than pursuing revenge at the exclusion of all else.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He murdered Satine for the sake of making Obi-Wan suffer.
    Darth Maul: I never planned on killing you, but I will make you share my pain, Kenobi.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: During his first attempt to take vengeance on Obi-Wan he slaughtered an entire village just to draw the Jedi out.
  • Sanity Slippage: Played straight and inverted. He was downright animalistic when Savage finally found him. He only managed to hold on to a semblance of clarity once he focused on getting revenge. Being cut in half will do that to you. After Mother Talzin's healed his psychosis, he regains more and more of his sanity and cunning with each subsequent appearance, to the point of becoming a chessmaster in his own right.
  • Satanic Archetype: In appearance only, with the red skin and horns.
  • Shadow Dictator: After conquering Mandalore, he made Almec the public face of his rule, so he can remain in the shadows.
  • Sibling Team: With Savage Opress.
  • Silent Antagonist: During The Phantom Menace. He rarely speaks, and when he does, it's only ever to his master. Averted in The Clone Wars, where he becomes a lot more talkative.
  • Slouch of Villainy: While sitting on his new throne at the end of "Shades of Reason".
  • The Sociopath: Lack of Empathy? He's either killed, tried to kill, or would be willing to kill almost everyone he's come across in the series. Consummate deception skills? He managed to con Pre Vizsla into an alliance, and it was Maul's plan that convinced Mandalore that the Death Watch were heroes and liberators. Superficial charm and persuasion? He manipulated Vizsla, Almec, and legions of criminals into serving him. Troubling childhood? He was "raised" by Darth Sidious. Maul is a high-functioning example, but he fits all the criteria of a sociopath.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Occasionally slips into this, with the emphasis on "sadist."
  • Spikes of Villainy: A similar style is adopted by higher-ranking members of Maul's Death Watch.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: They signify his allegiance to the Dark Side.
  • The Starscream: To Pre Vizlsa. He succeeds quite spectacularly. A rare case where both halves of a Big Bad Duumvirate qualify as The Starscream.
  • Talkative Loon: Until he was healed. Even afterwards, he's a lot more talkative than he was in The Phantom Menace and still pretty crazy.
  • Tattooed Crook: The black markings on his face are tattoos, with the red being his natural skin color.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In The Phantom Menace, Maul was a purely physical opponent. In The Clone Wars, however, he's become a Manipulative Bastard and a skilled chessmaster in his own right, while remaining a deadly physical combatant.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Sidious raised him from infancy to be a remorseless assassin.
  • The Unfettered: A given for a Sith Lord, but he takes it to whole new levels. Maul refused to allow a fatal injury to get in the way of his survival and obsession with Obi-Wan.
    Darth Maul: You cannot imagine the depths I would go to to stay alive, fueled by my singular hatred for you.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: For all his popularity, Maul does precisely one thing in the whole film saga: kill Qui-Gon Jinn. Except that by doing so, he ensures Anakin is taught by a newly-knighted Jedi instead of a wise Master with decades of teaching experience, which plays a huge role in his frustration in the Jedi Order and inability to deal with his phenomenal powers, which in turn plays a huge role in his Face–Heel Turn.
  • Villain Team-Up: With the Mandalorian Death Watch, Black Sun, and the Hutts in Season 5, telling the former that he and his brother can help them reclaim Mandalore.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He's reduced to begging for his life after being curb-stomped by Sidious.
  • Visionary Villain: Using a criminal empire to expand his influence over the galaxy, as well as getting revenge against Obi-Wan and Darth Sidious. He even makes repeated mentions of his "vision" in his interactions with Savage and Pre Vizsla.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: A few times in The Clone Wars, notably his season 4 appearances, as well as the season 5 premiere.
    • And even when he gets a shirt, it still leaves about a six inch strip bare from neck to belt.
  • Weapon of Choice: A red double-bladed lightsaber.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Emphasis on "destroyer of worlds". While Maul was always a villain, it was his defeat at Obi-Wan's hand and the subsequent twelve years of near-total insanity that turned him into a vengeance-obsessed, Ax-Crazy psychopath, willing to brutally murder dozens, maybe hundreds of innocent people to get a chance at killing Obi-Wan.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Mother Talzin crafted him new legs with her magic.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Proven when he almost kills Sugi in "Eminence".
    • Also, in the same episode earlier, he Force Chokes and nearly kills Bo-Katan to make a point to Pre Vizla about doubt leading to failure when she expresses doubts about allying with Sith Lords.
    • And finally, in "The Lawless", he murders Satine just to torment Obi-Wan.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Butchered numerous young children to attract the attention of the Jedi.

    Darth Tyranus 

Darth Tyranus (Dooku)

    Asajj Ventress 

Asajj Ventress

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    Savage Opress 

Savage Opress

Voiced by: Clancy Brown
Appearances: The Clone Wars

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.


  • 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 magic that the Nightsisters used to enhance him. When he's killed, it bleeds out entirely.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Because of the Nightsisters' magic 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.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Gets his left arm chopped off by Obi-Wan in "Revival".
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Badass Baritone: Clancy Brown at work.
  • Bastard Understudy: Initially apprenticed to Dooku, following his betrayal he finds a new master in his brother, Maul.
  • The Berserker: His lightsaber technique consists mainly of brutish hacking and slashing. Under Maul's tutelage, he starts to learn more finesse, but never really abandons his monstrous fighting style.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Feral and later Maul. When he found Maul crippled and insane, and being exploited by one of the natives, 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 in usage of the dark side of the Force. His brother has been continuing his training.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brawn to Darth Maul's brains.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His opponents often find themselves on the receiving end of this:
    • In his debut episode, he took down two Jedi and their clone troopers without a scratch.
    • 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.
    • In "The Lawless" however, Darth Sidious effortlessly took him down.
  • Darth Vader Clone: A once noble warrior who is corrupted and twisted physically and mentally, but who 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, losing an arm to Obi-Wan Kenobi, and subsequently serving as The Dragon to a powerful Sith Lord. Their appearances and demeanors are even quite similar: 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.
  • Determinator: He's half-dead before he finally runs from a losing fight in "Witches of the Mist".
  • 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: Wields a double-bladed lightsaber.
  • The Dragon: Briefly to Dooku, and even 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.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Even before his transformation, he came close to matching Ventress blow-for-blow, but following his transformation 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 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 Sounds Deep: His voice gets deeper following his transformation. It helps that he's voiced by Clancy Brown.
  • 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: To Darth Maul both in and out of universe. At one point Obi-Wan even mistook him for Maul. They are, in fact, brothers.
  • Family Theme Naming/Theme Twin Naming: Savage and Feral, and Opress and Maul respectively.
  • 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", Jedi Master and Council member Adi Gallia, a Jedi Master and member of the High Council.
  • Horned Humanoid: 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.
  • Instant Expert: Might be a side-effect of the Nightsisters' magic 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 just like "oppress". This gets lampshaded when a bounty hunter is looking at Savage's bounty profile in "Revenge" 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 even then, it only forced Savage to abandon the fight. Only Sidious was able to be his better for an entire duel and take him down.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Even more so than Cad Bane. Starting with his debut episode "Monster", the show 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
  • Magic Enhancement: His transformation by the Nightsisters' magics 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.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Seems to be a family tradition.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Off with His Head!: How he kills a whole group of Black Sun Vigos in "Eminence".
  • The Quiet One: Savage is far less talkative than his brother (who ironically received next to no lines in The Phantom Menace).
  • Scars Are Forever: One of his horns is cut off in "Witches of the Mist", and remains broken for the remainder of the series.
  • Shoulders of Doom: His armor has huge shoulders.
  • Sibling Team: With Darth Maul.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Which he's put to good use.
  • The Stoic: Apart from sheer rage, Savage expresses next to no emotion.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: After his transformation, his previously 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. In his first battle, he threw a clone trooper several meters into the air with a single upwards strike of his axe
  • Student and Master Team: With Maul.
  • 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 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.

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