All the main villains of the prequels movies were reflections of the villain that Anakin Skywalker was to become.
Darth Maul was the Sith apprentice, one that was never valued by the Sith and always had to prove his place with them, the one who was so steeped in the dark side that he couldn’t see any of the paths out of there back to the light. He is replaced by Sidious as soon as a new, younger apprentice comes along. He is the one who hates himself as much as he hates those around him, suffering in the dark all alone.
Count Dooku was the fallen Jedi, the one who believed he had power greater than any other Jedi, just as Anakin believed that he would find a way to be the most powerful Jedi ever. He is a reflection of Vader staring up at his Master directly in the face, unable to truly comprehend that his end has come this way, he is the choice that Anakin makes to destroy him, while Luke chooses mercy when in the same situation.
Grievous is the one who uses his artificial limbs and body to push away his humanity (/alien equivalent thereof), that both Grievous and Vader use mechanical parts, but so too does Luke Skywalker, and that’s not the issue, the issue is that they use this to separate themselves from compassion for others, one who never cares for the people or droids that work under him.
Each of these villains was designed to echo and rhyme with an aspect of Darth Vader and the prequels do not get enough credit for it!
Isn’t it sad to think that Maul grew up all his life, alone and without nobody by his side, while his species were meant to be social, tribal and supported the union as the basis of their society and security as a group?
Zabraks are meant to stay together. They are meant to stay in a group. They are meant to be a team and work, hunt together and protect their kind. But Maul grew up alone, locked in a room without even being able to see the sun.
i am fucking DEAD. shut the FUCK up this is the cutest fucking thing that I have EVER fucking seen you CANNOT do this to me. his little fucking EEAAAARS, and those little teethers, and oh my GOD those cheeks and HE IS SUCH A FUCKING CHUNKY BABY oh my god i want to squish him D: D: D: D: (this is so cute oh my god thank you so much it's the nicest thing to come back to)