->"''Your subjects are powder kegs of genetic potential, primed to detonate upon exposure to the Terrigen mists. Each of them is truly unique - a subspecies of one.''"
-->-- '''Inhumans #1: Sonic Youth'''

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[[caption-width-right:331:[[RoyallyScrewedUp A Royal court]] by way of Creator/JackKirby.]]

'''The Inhumans''' are a [[HiddenElfVillage secret race]] of superhumans within the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. Although at first just background characters for the ComicBook/FantasticFour, they've since become involved with other characters and have even starred in their own series occasionally. Originally a single Inhuman, Medusa, was introduced as a villain in ''Fantastic Four'' #36 (March, 1965). Then her cousin Gorgon turned up in #44 (November, 1965), and the rest of the family in #45 (December, 1965).

Created by Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby, the Inhumans were once primitive humans, though experiments performed on them long ago by the extraterrestrial Kree race (the same race that {{Captain Mar-Vell}} belongs to) gave them advanced intelligence. With time, The Kree forgot about their creations and they where left alone to form their own civilization, located on Attilan aka "The Great Refuge", a walled city on an island in the Atlantic sea. Eventually, they discovered a substance called [[AppliedPhlebotinum "terrigen"]] that either gave people superpowers, a bizarre appearance, or both. They ended up basing their very culture on its use (and GeneticEngineering in general.)

However, the Inhumans are very xenophobic, and went as far as moving ''their entire city'' (with help from The Eternals, another hidden race) to the Himalayas to avoid being discovered by humans. They were found there by the Fantastic Four, and convinced to reveal themselves publicly, though their history of relations with the rest of the world is spotty. Later the city was moved to the "Blue Area of the Moon" (also created by the Kree) which has a breathable atmosphere.

The Inhumans are a [[TheKingdom monarchy]] whose Royal Family tends to be among their most powerful members; they also [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething go out and kick butt]] when necessary. Their king is Black Bolt, who besides being a FlyingBrick with [[ShockAndAwe electrical powers]] also has a voice that can literally destroy cities; he is thus forced to remain silent, communicating only by sign language (his wife, Medusa, often translates for him). Bolt's brother, Maximus, [[CainAndAbel hates him out of envy]] and has tried to usurp the crown many times. At one point their cousin Crystal had a romantic relationship with Johnny Storm (the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four) and has even been a member of that group and of ComicBook/TheAvengers. However she ended up marrying the mutant hero {{Quicksilver}} instead. They had a daughter, Luna, who has often been a target of villainous plans, what with being related not just to the Royal Inhumans but also to the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'s foe SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}.

Other Royal family members include Karnak, a martial artist; Triton, a [[FishPerson fish-man]]; and the satyr-like Gorgon, who can stomp really, really hard. They also have Lockjaw, [[{{Pun}} a bulldog the size of a bull]] who has {{teleportation}} powers and who may or may not be of human intelligence.

After the events of the ''SecretInvasion'', the Inhumans [[EasilyConqueredWorld renewed their ties with a weakened Kree Empire]] and lead the Kree Empire forces against the Shi'ar Empire in the ''WarOfKings'' miniseries. After the events of that series they have become a dominant power within the galaxy.

Some time after the events of ''TheThanosImperative'', a group called the Universal Inhumans was discovered based on four other races, [[PettingZooPeople Kymellians]], [[ROMSpaceKnight Dire Wraiths]], [[GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Centaurians and Badoons]]. They too were products of Kree experiments with their people but were brought together under the prophecy that Blackbolt would lead them. Blackbolt would eventually led his Inhumans to assimilate with this new faction and leave the Kree empire and its people in Kree control. Although bad blood still existing between the Inhumans and Kree.

During the ''Comicbook/{{Infinity}}'' CrisisCrossover, it is revealed that hidden tribes of Inhumans have lived around the world for a number of years, and mated with the general population. It is discovered that a number of seemingly-normal humans across the globe actually have dormant Inhuman genes, which can be activated by Terrigen Mists and as a result of destruction of the Inhuman capital in the event, clouds of Terrigen Mists began spreading across the globe doing so. This becomes the central plot of the ''Comicbook/{{Inhumanity}}'' crossover, producing new super human characters throughout the Marvel Universe and a new ongoing series titled ''Inhuman'' about the surviving Inhumans and newly discovered ones dealing with the fallout.

Not related to ''Webcomic/{{Inhuman}}'', InhumanableAlienRights, InhumanHuman, ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'' or InhumanResources.

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!!The Inhumans provides examples of the following tropes:

* AnimalSuperheroes: Lockjaw, who even leads the ComicBook/PetAvengers (in their own series!)
* ArmedWithCanon: The debate over whether Lockjaw is an inhuman or a mutated dog.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Black Bolt.
* BadassNormal: Karnak never underwent the Terrigen process, after those in charge saw how drastic his brother Triton's mutation was, they didn't want to risk it a second time. Instead, he was trained in Inhuman martial arts and uses his high intellect to find the weak points in people and objects. Many people who don't know better assume this is a superpower from the Mists. Althought it should be noted that Karnak is still an Inhuman and has natural abilities such as being slightly stronger than humans or [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace being able to survive on the Moon unaided]], so he could be considered a borderline case.
* BadassGrandpa: In one comic, the Avengers are aged so that they will be no threat to their enemy. Unfortunately for the villain, Crystal is an Inhuman, and her powers actually intensify as a result of age.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Part of the reason the Inhumans [[spoiler: and the Universal Inhumans]] developed the way they did is because the Supreme Intelligence believe an anomaly (Blackbolt's birth) in their genetics program would lead to its destruction.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: One Abominable Snowman (among several found in the Marvel Universe) turned out to be an Inhuman.
* BigFriendlyDog: Lockjaw
* BigNo: [[spoiler:Black Bolt lets out one during "War of the Kings". The results were not pretty.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Black Bolt (only about his voice powers, however).
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Karnak, is able to find the "weaknesses" in nearly all objects or organisms not because of any Inhuman terrigen mist mutation power but just because of dedication to a discipline he learned being raised at an Inhuman seminary.
* CityInABottle: The Inhuman capital Attilan at one point.
* CoolStarship: The Inhuman capital Attilan as of the end of the Secret Invasion.
* CultureClash: A one point, an exchange program was set up for Inhuman students to attend a US college. [[ForegoneConclusion This ends]] as can be [[ProtocolPeril expected given the situation.]]
* DogsAreDumb: Lockjaw has acted both intelligent or just like a normal dog at different times, DependingOnTheWriter.
* ElementalPowers: Crystal has the four main ones.
* FieryRedhead: Medusa, who has PrehensileHair.
* GooGooGodlike: Black Bolt's cries destroyed half his city ''when he was born''.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Luna, being half Inhuman and half Mutant. Curiously, the result was a normal human. Until the ''Son of M'' mini, where exposure to the terrigen mist turn her to an [[TheEmpath empath]].
* HannibalLecture: Maximus is this or a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, or both, it really depends on his mood today.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Maximus, though he seems to have been on the Face side of the door for the most part since SecretInvasion.
* HeWhoMustNotBeHeard: Guess who.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Part of the reason for the "ComicBook/SilentWar" between the Earth Inhumans and the US government was that the US confiscated the terrigen mist crystals that were stolen in ''Son of M'', refused to return them and attempted to use them to make weapons.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Bolt, thanks to Medusa.
* InterspeciesRomance: Crystal and Johnny, then Crystal and Quicksilver, then Crystal and Ronan. More strangely in the Crystal/Quicksilver example, they have a mundane child (non-mutant, non-Inhuman).
* KissingCousins: Bolt and Medusa are cousins. Though they may just be using the older form, which just meant "distant family member", since most Inhumans address each other as "cousin".
* MakeMeWannaShout: Black Bolt's power. His scream isn't destructive just because of simple sound waves, but because it releases particles that break down matter on the sub-atomic level. This is because the part of his brain that controls speech also controls his matter-manipulating powers.
* MrExposition: All of the Inhumans (besides Black Bolt, of course). They just love to talk. This probably arose because for a long time, the early ''Fantastic Four'' issues would cut back to the Inhumans trapped in their city for a brief update, and there had to be a dialogue {{recap}} for new readers... and the idea that redundant exposition is the Inhumans' [[PlanetOfHats hat]] just stuck.
* MuggleBornOfMages: Luna, though she later was given powers with terrigen.
* NonHumanSidekick: Lockjaw... maybe.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Black Bolt
* PowerIncontinence: Black Bolt's ''whispers'' could easily destroy a city. He has gone through ''severe'' mental training so he ''never'' utters a word without choosing to do so, ''even in his sleep''.
** Many of the hybrid Inhumans introduced in ''Infinity'' initially find themselves unable to control their newfound abilities. For example, a {{Sizeshifter}} named Alice accidentally grows her husband to a gigantic size, and then shrinks herself (and two of her neighbors) down to subatomic proportions.
* PrehensileHair: Medusa
* SecretLegacy: The big [[TheReveal Reveal]] in ''Comicbook/{{Infinity}}'' is that as a result of early Inhuman tribes mating with outsiders, thousands of humans across the planet secretly possess dormant Inhuman abilities.
* ServantRace: The Alpha Primitives
* ShockwaveStomp: Gorgon's chief ability
* TheSilentBob: Black Bolt for safety reasons.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Black Bolt's full name is '''Black'''agar '''Bolt'''agon.
* SuperEmpowering
** Via Terrigen Mists.
** [[spoiler:Other Inhumans use differing methods; Badoon's Amphogenesis injection, Centaurian's Isogenesis injection, Kymellian's Antigenesis consumption and Dire Wraiths Exogenesis spice inhalation.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: A number of people (including Creator/ChrisClaremont) have pointed out that the concept of the hybrid Inhumans from ''Infinity'' seems ''very'' similar to the existing concept of {{Mutants}}. It has been speculated that this is being done for the sake of the MarvelCinematicUniverse, which [[ExiledFromContinuity can't use mutants]] since the {{X-Men}}'s [[Film/XMen film rights]] are owned by [[TwentiethCenturyFox Fox]].
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Triton will sometimes get a mission or so that involves his swimming. Including his part during the ''Secret Invasion'' mini. During the ''WarOfKings'', he and other aquatic Inhumans played the role of shock troopers in battle since their lifetime of undersea combat training was useful in zero-g environments.
* {{Ultraterrestrials}}: The Earth-based Inhumans, though they don't live on Earth anymore.
* {{Veganopia}}: Nahrees first learns that humans eat meat when she attends a human university.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The Inhumans prize unique appearances and abilities. When one girl gets nothing but a slightly lengthened right hand, she disappoints her family and is ostracized by her friends. Another Inhuman who wound up with the power to change people's skin color was ostracized by his parents and ended up living in Attilan's poor Darkward district.
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