ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Darth Maul Vs Count Dooku

Updated on November 30, 2015
Jeremy Gill profile image

Jeremy hopes the Force is with him as he pursues a forensics career in the swamps of Louisiana.

Count Dooku and Darth Maul
Count Dooku and Darth Maul

Star Wars Duel!

Caution, spoilers ahead.
Welcome to our next Fantasy Fight! Today we have the savage Darth Maul combating his successor, the refined Count Dooku. Which of these Sith can use the dark side of the Force, and their skill with a lightsaber, to defeat the other? Lets have a look at both villains to determine the superior warrior.

Supplemental Information

1. Zabraks are a species of alien in Star Wars. They're essentially humanoids with horns on their heads, and often tattoo their bodies.

2. Saberstaffs are two lightsabers joined together to form a single double-bladed lightsaber.

3. The Trade Federation is a corrupt organization whose leaders are under the control of Darth Sidious. The Federation's leader, Viceroy Gunray, is pretty cowardly for a guy with "gun" and "ray" in his name. What's next, Darth Silvertongue, the socially awkward Sith?

4. Some sources indicate Qui-Gon received aid from the host of a certain television program:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtSY-wn6xek

5. Prior to Maul's match with Jinn and Kenobi, his leg had been injured thanks to a vibroax from a bandit. That bandit soon died, of course.

6. Before Star Wars Episode 4, a group called the Prophets of the Dark Side create a replica of Maul, and send him to kill Darth Vader. The two duel, and Maul gains the advantage. Outmatched, Vader only wins by shoving a lightsaber through his own body and into Maul, killing the replica but badly wounding himself.

History and Analysis: Darth Maul

The Zabrak1 infant Maul was given up by his mother to be trained as a Sith. Nice job there, Mom. Maul's new Master, Darth Sidious, proved a merciless teacher, starving and beating the child into the ultimate (and obedient) servant. Maul proved a natural with the lightsaber, and trained to become deadly with a saberstaff2. After many years of vicious practice, the apprentice began to carry out Sidious's missions. In Star Wars Episode 1, Maul is assigned to locate Queen Amidala, who has escaped the clutches of the Trade Federation3. Maul finds her on Tatooine, guarded by Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. Maul and Jinn have a brief and vicious duel4 that ends with Jinn escaping onto Amidala's ship. Later, Maul is ordered to guard a base on planet Naboo, and eventually clashes against Jinn and Jinn's apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, in an intense battle. Maul kills Jinn and disarms Kenobi, then taunts the helpless Jedi. However, this gives Kenobi time to seize his fallen Master's saber and slice Maul in two. Of all characters in Episode 1, many of us remember Maul and his merciless fighting best (despite his what, two or three lines?). That stands as a testament to how excited we get just to see him on-screen.

Darth Maul with saberstaff
Darth Maul with saberstaff

Abilities:
1. Dueling. Maul is exceptionally talented at lightsaber combat. He uses the unforgiving and passionate Juyo style, which Yoda once called the "deadliest" form. We see Maul defeat two Jedi at the same time, despite his handicap5. He is shown to combine both martial arts and force techniques into his fighting style, making him all the more relentless. Maul even seems capable of overpowering Darth Vader6.

2. Force Powers. Maul shows reasonable talent with telekinetic force abilities; seen when he Force pushes Obi-Wan into a pit during their duel. He also augments his physical prowess to leap huge distances. More impressive than the strength of his techniques is the way Maul mixes them with his saber strikes, creating an unpredictable and wild assault.

Equipment:
1. Saberstaff. Maul's double-bladed lightsaber can defend from multiple opponents, and offer a surprise for any enemy who doesn't know about the second blade.

Weaknesses:
1. Arrogance. Maul's awareness of his abilities make him somewhat overconfident, and he'll toy with opponents before killing them. In all fairness, he only does this when he's sure they no longer pose a threat, but it's what got him chopped in half at Naboo.

Supplemental Information

1. Maul actually survived being torn in two, and is featured in the animated Clone Wars television program. For movie purposes though, Episode 1 is the last you'll see of him.

2. Anakin slices off both of Dooku's hands, then is ordered by Sidious to execute the helpless man.

3. Dooku's arrogance blinds him. I can't help but find the man shortsighted. Darth Sidious tells of his interest in Skywalker, but claims Dooku will still serve as the true Sith apprentice. Dooku, for some reason, believes his Master. You know, for a guy with "Count" in his name, he sure doesn't seem to understand that there can only be two Sith at a time. Of course, Sidious actually plots to replace Dooku with the young and powerful Skywalker, and eventually does; betrayal is the way of the Sith.

History and Analysis: Count Dooku

After Maul's death1 at Naboo, Darth Sidious needed a new apprentice. He selected ex-Jedi Count Dooku, and dubbed him Darth Tyranus. Dooku eagerly took the position, seeing an opportunity to remold the galaxy into something purer. As per Sidious's orders, Dooku united various groups to form the Separatists, a group who wished to secede from the Republic. War ensued, and Dooku served as the figurehead for the Separatist movement until his eventual demise. We see Dooku adeptly defeat Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan in Episode 2, before having to flee a duel with Jedi Master Yoda. In Episode 3, Dooku again battles Anakin and Obi-Wan. This time, Dooku brings two droid bodyguards as insurance; nevertheless, Skywalker defeats and kills the Count.

Count Dooku
Count Dooku

Abilities:

  1. Dueling. Dooku mastered the Makashi form of lightsaber combat, which emphasizes precise strikes and parries over speed or raw power. Dooku's talent was renowned. Perhaps his most impressive feat was dueling both Obi-Wan and Anakin in Episode 3, though he eventually perished in that battle. Dooku also briefly held his own against Yoda, but ultimately was forced (pardon the pun) to flee.
  2. Force Powers. Dooku is very skilled with Force abilities such as Push, Lightning, and Choke.
  3. Dun Möch. This term indicates psychological warfare; using words to distract your opponent. Dooku's usage of this tactic sometimes offers an edge, but proves risky (see Weakness #2.)
  4. Charisma/Wealth. Dooku has persuaded several organizations to join his Separatist cause, is looked upon favorably by most of the public, and has acquired vast wealth.

Equipment:

  1. Curved hilt lightsaber. Dooku's weapon features a curved hilt that fits easily into his grip.

Weaknesses:

  1. Arrogance3. Like many Sith, Dooku overestimates his skills. He is powerful, but not invincible.
  2. Goading. Dooku's Dun Möch may shatter an opponent's will, but it can backfire. Notably, when facing Anakin Skywalker, Dun Möch strengthens Skywalker's resolve rather than breaking it, and spurs him to victory.
  3. Makashi. Dooku's style, both a blessing and a curse, works well against defense-oriented lightsaber forms, like Obi-Wan's Soresu. However, it relies on redirecting enemy attacks, and has trouble doing so against brute force styles.
  4. Age. At 83 years old (in Episode 3), Dooku is long past his body's prime, and even his connection to the Force can't prevent him from tiring in battle. Dang, Dooku, you're still dueling at 83? Most seniors only battle gum disease, not Jedi. Well, at least you're not nine hundred.

Your Input

We've examined all factors of today's duel. Which Sith do you think should triumph?

See results

Rules

Each combatant will fight in a one-on-one match until one is killed, rendered helpless, or surrenders. Since these are Sith.. I think we know which one is gonna happen. For our setting, envision a spacious and deserted chamber aboard a starship. And now, for all fans, Fantasy Fight!

The duel's setting
The duel's setting

And The Winner Is..

Darth Maul. Delving into lightsaber forms, we discover Dooku's Makashi to fare poorly against Maul's Juyo. Additionally, Maul is far younger, and his attacks are more unpredictable. Dooku has an edge with Force techniques, but it's not enough to defend from Maul's barrage. Thanks for reading, and if you'd like to see another Star Wars Fantasy Fight, check out Jango Fett Vs Boba Fett!

Don't despair, Dooku. At least you're in more than one movie, and portrayed by the awesome Christopher Lee.

For those who picked Poll Choice #3..

Darth FuzzyWuzzy
Darth FuzzyWuzzy

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Jeremy Gill profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeremy Gill 

      3 years ago from Louisiana

      Thanks Miran! I agree Dooku has more knowledge of the Force, and their dueling capabilities are certainly both impressive. Glad you enjoyed it!

    • profile image

      Miran Shuleta 

      3 years ago

      Another cool Hub, personally I think Count Dooku would win, he has more knowledge of the force than Maul and fights better.

      Awesome Hub!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)