15. Darth Maul Gets Cut In Half
Film: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
The Moment: After killing Qui-Gon Jinn, Darth Maul squares off with Obi-Wan and manages to overpower him and kick him down a shaft. Clinging on for dear life, Obi-Wan plays on Darth Maul’s hubris, and uses the force to leap up from the pit and over his foe. While in the air, he uses the force to grab Qui-Gon’s lightsaber and slices a stunned Darth Maul in half. Shocked by this turn of events, Maul stumbles backwards into the pit.
Why It’s Memorable: It’s the single biggest WTF moment in the first film of the saga and is one of the most solid memories we have from the prequels. When you think of Darth Maul, you think of two things: his lightsaber reveal and him getting cut in half. It almost ruins the lightsaber fight he has with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan leading up to his death as we all know it’s coming despite his insane skills.
Maul went out like a punk, which is also why this is so memorable. Here we thought Lucas had created a Vader for the prequels but he sliced him in half before the first movie was even over. Maul eventually came back in the Clone Wars TV series, but he wasn’t given the justice he deserved in the films.
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