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"Brother, I am an unworthy apprentice. I'm not like you. I never was."
―Savage Opress's last words, spoken to Darth Maul[src]

Savage Opress was a Dathomirian Nightbrother who became a Sith apprentice under Count Dooku during the Clone Wars. After defecting, he, along with Darth Maul, formed a rival Sith order to that of Darth Sidious's, and would later be killed by Sidious.


The Clone WarsEdit


Savage Opress chokes Feral, his own brother

Born on Dathomir to Mother Talzin,[9] Opress was handpicked by the Nightsister Asajj Ventress to become her servant following her grueling tests of Selection, as part of her bid for revenge on her former Master, the Sith Lord Count Dooku. In accordance with their plot against Dooku, Mother Talzin and her Nightsister witches employed their magicks to grant Opress fearsome abilities, placing him under their control. After murdering his beloved brother Feral in a display of loyalty to Ventress, Opress entered the Clone Wars as a Sith apprentice, serving as an enforcer in Dooku's Confederacy of Independent Systems. He executed a mission against the Galactic Republic at Devaron's Temple of Eedit, slaying his first Jedi, Master Halsey and Padawan Knox, in the former campaign. Opress soon became apprenticed to Dooku, who intended to use his new acolyte to overthrow his own Master, Darth Sidious, and claim control of the galaxy.[3]

Brothers ReunitedEdit


Opress chokes King Katuunko to death

While Opress was subjected to brutal Sith training under Dooku's charge, Ventress prepared to pit the monstrous Nightbrother against Dooku. Opress was sent on a mission to Toydaria, where he killed King Katuunko. However the assingment had been to bring the King back to Dooku alive. Yet when Ventress's plans for revenge culminated there, she and her ex-Master found that neither of them could contain Opress's impulsive nature and rage. In what became a three-way lightsaber battle, Opress overcame Ventress's spell of control and also terminated his service to Dooku, further battling his way through Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi before escaping to Dathomir. After learning from Talzin of his kinship to the former Sith apprentice Darth Maul,[7] Opress rescued his weakened brother from the depths of Lotho Minor[10] and brought him home to Dathomir, where Talzin restored his mind and body. Opress then became involved with Maul's pursuit of vengeance on Kenobi, who had cut him in half over a decade ago in the Theed Royal Palace, on Naboo.[11]


Opress and Maul, brothers reunited

Although Kenobi escaped from them with the aid of Asajj Ventress during a confrontation at Raydonia,[11] Opress and Maul continued their plans for revenge and galactic domination, turning to the criminal underworld to achieve their needs. Opress and Maul cut a swath through the Outer Rim, battling through civilians and Jedi Knights alike who stood in their way. As part of Maul's plans, Opress became a Sith Lord, but he was forced to become the apprentice—submitting to his brother, the Master—in accordance with the Sith Rule of Two. While attempting to recruit Weequay pirates into their service on Florrum, Opress killed renowned Jedi Master Adi Gallia, though he soon thereafter lost his left arm to Kenobi's lightsaber.[8]

Opress's deathEdit

Cybernetic savageopress

Opress' prosthetic arm

Kenobi then chased Opress and Maul off Florrum, destroying their ship and leaving them stranded until they were discovered by members of the Death Watch, a group of Mandalorian warriors led by Pre Vizsla. Opress, Maul, the Mandalorians, and various criminal groups in the galaxy, including Black Sun, Pyke Sindicate, and Hutts formed an alliance to overthrow the pacifist rulers of the planet Mandalore,[6] and even though the operation ended successfully, Viszla and his men arrested Opress and Maul. After breaking free from prison with Mandalore's incarcerated Prime Minister, Almec, Opress and Maul seized control of Mandalore after Maul killed Viszla in lightsaber combat.[12]


Opress is killed by Darth Sidious.

The brothers' rule of Mandalore attracted unwanted attention from Maul's former Master, Darth Sidious, who saw their power as a threat to the dominance of his Sith Order. Sidious traveled to Mandalore and confronted the two. Though Opress was skilled, Sidious ultimately bested the Zabrak warrior, fatally impaling Opress. Ironically the way Savage died was very similar to the way Maul had killed Qui-Gon Jinn in front of Obi-Wan Kenobi over a decade earlier. In his dying breath, Opress expressed regret for never having been Maul's equal. As he died, a green mist emanated from his body and his armor disappeared. His muscles and physique reverted back to their form from before the Nightsister ritual. Opress died the man he had been before become Ventress's pawn.[2]


Savage Opress was remembered long after the Clone Wars and even after the Galactic Civil War, and was mentioned by name by a member of the Whills as someone to be remembered in galactic history years after the Battle of Endor.[13]

Behind the scenesEdit

Savage Opress is voiced by prolific voice actor Clancy Brown in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, first appearing in the episode "Monster". Savage Opress' introduction in the series was instrumental, along George Lucas' recommendations, to bring back Darth Maul into the series following his apparent death in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[14]

Early plans of the Star Wars Rebels episode "Twin Suns" featured Maul experiencing visions of both Opress and Satine Kryze before facing Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine.[14]


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Encyclopedia-Logo Savage Opress in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Monster"
  4. Although Opress's Encyclopedia entry lists his height as 1.89 meters, this is significantly lower than that of Dooku, whose height is given as 1.93 meters. Since the post-transformation Opress is portrayed as being taller than Dooku in "Monster," this article assumes that Opress's Encyclopedia height refers to his pre-transformation height.
  5. SWicon The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Monster on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
  7. 7.0 7.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist"
  8. 8.0 8.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revival"
  9. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  10. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers"
  11. 11.0 11.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"
  12. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
  13. "Whills"—From a Certain Point of View
  14. 14.0 14.1 SWCustom-2011 SWCO 2017: 11 Things We Learned from Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo's "Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates" Panel on