"Mauler" Mithel, designated DS-61-2, was a male Human TIE pilot specially trained to be Darth Vader's left wingman as a member of Vader's Black Squadron. He flew the TIE/LN starfighter designated Black 2 during the Battle of Yavin.
Biography[edit | edit source]
- "Look out!"
- ―Mithel's last words to Darth Vader
He had achieved twenty-seven Rebel kills prior to the Battle of Yavin, and he marked them by flames painted on the hull of his fighter. In addition, alongside Vader himself and fellow co-pilot "Backstabber", he had been infamously involved in various assaults on Ralltiir and Mon Calamari, which increased Black Squadron's reputation as the Empire's most feared squadron.
Mithel's fighter was with Vader's TIE Advanced x1 when the Millennium Falcon entered the battle. When Vader's right wingman was killed, Mithel panicked and tried to avoid the freighter's laser fire, only to collide with Vader's TIE Advanced. Vader was sent spinning into deep space, while Mithel was killed when his fighter impacted against the trench wall and exploded.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- "Lord Vader! That energy-bolt came from above us! But, who is left to—"
- ―Mithel's final words in the Marvel Comics adaptation
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader (Appears in flashback(s))
- Death Star
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- Star Wars 6: Is This the Final Chapter?
- Star Wars Journal: Captive to Evil (Indirect mention only)
- Perfect Evil
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (Non-canonical appearance)
- Star Wars Journal: Hero for Hire (Indirect mention only)
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Premiere Limited (Card: Black 2)
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Premiere Limited (Card: DS-61-2)
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – A New Hope Limited (Card: Come With Me)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 1 (YAV2, The Battle of Yavin) (Indirect mention only)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 3 (VAD6, Darth Vader) (Indirect mention only)
- Jedi Knights Trading Card Game – Premiere (Card: DS-61-2 • "Mauler Mithel")
- Jedi Knights Trading Card Game – Premiere (Card: Black Two)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game – Core Set (Card: "Mauler Mithel"—TIE Fighter)