[[quoteright:330:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Kull_Sweet_3884.jpg]]

''{{Kull}}'' is a character appearing in [[http://www.amazon.com/Kull-Atlantis-Robert-E-Howard/dp/0345490177 a series of short stories]] by Creator/RobertEHoward, the few of which published during his lifetime appeared in ''WeirdTales''. Kull is a barbarian hailing from {{Atlantis}}, but was exiled from his homeland. After some years as an adventurer, Kull made himself king of Valusia in a bloody coup. He lived approximately 100,000 years ago (according to ''Kings of the Night'').

Howard's more famous Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian inhabits the same continuity as Kull, but lives many thousand years later. Kull is a precursor of sorts of Conan; indeed, the first Conan story was a rewrite of a Kull story Howard had not sold. Both are fierce barbarian warriors, but Kull is a more thoughtful, philosophical character.

The Kull stories are a peripheral part of the CthulhuMythos. Perhaps most notably, Cthulhu fans will recognize the Serpent People who appear in ''The Shadow Kingdom''.

[[folder:Kull stories written by Robert E. Howard]]
Few Kull stories were actually published in the lifetime of Howard, as the character was not particularly popular.
* ''The Shadow Kingdom''. First published in August, 1929. First Kull story.
* ''The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune''. First published in September, 1929.
* ''Kings of the Night''. First published in November, 1930. Features a crossover with ''Literature/BranMakMorn''.
* ''The King and the Oak'', a poem. First published in February, 1939.
* ''The Altar and the Scorpion''. First published in 1967.
* ''Black Abyss'', also known as ''The Black City''. First published in 1967. Howard actually left the story unfinished. Lin Carter added further chapters and a conclusion to the story.
* ''By This Axe I Rule''. First published in 1967. Famed because Howard revised the story to ''Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword'' (1932), the first Conan story.
* ''The Curse of the Golden Skull''. First published in 1967.
* ''Delcarde's Cat'', also known as ''The Cat and the Skull''. First published in 1967.
* ''Exile of Atlantis''. First published in 1967. Howard finished the story, but never gave it a title.
* ''The Skull of Silence'', also known as ''The Screaming Skull of Silence''. First published in 1967.
* ''Swords of the Purple Kingdom''. First published in 1967.
* ''The Striking of the Gong''. There are two version of this tale. The original Howard version was first published in 1976, and a version revised by Lin Carter in 1967.
* ''Riders Beyond the Sunrise''. There are two version of this tale. The original Howard version was first published in 1976, and a version revised by Lin Carter in 1967.
* ''Wizard and Warrior''. There are two version of this tale. The original story draft by Howard was published in 1978, an expanded tale by Lin Carter appeared in 1967.

[[/folder]]
Some Kull stories [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Author:Robert_Ervin_Howard#Kull_of_Atlantis here]].

See also: Creator/RobertEHoward, ''ConanTheBarbarian'', ''Literature/BranMakMorn''.

Not to be confused with the [[KingMook big Urgals]] from Christopher Paolini's ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' (though Kull probably inspired their name) or with the movie ''Film/{{Krull}}'' although there was a 1997 movie ''Kull'' with Kevin Sorbo in the title role.
----
!!Tropes
* AnAxeToGrind: [[BadassBoast "By this axe, I rule!"]]
* {{Asexuality}}: Kull "was not interested in women", according to ''The Shadow People'' and ''The Cat and the Skull''.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Come on, say it, ''KULL''.
* AxCrazy: The reader often gets the feeling that Kull is bored very easily with his job. "Kull, who opens Pandora's Boxes like birthday gifts".
* BadassGrandpa: Kull won't allow age to lessen his contempt if you are ''not'' this.
* BadassInDistress: [[spoiler:Kull himself in ''Swords of the Purple Kingdom''. He thought Brule was one in ''The Cat and the Skull''.]]
* BarbarianHero: Duh.
* BigBad: Thulsa Doom is a self proclaimed one (though he only appears in one of Howard's stories)
* BerserkButton: Kull will look for any excuse to go kick someone's ass. He easily bored
* BookcasePassage
* BoundAndGagged: Happens to no less than 5 characters, one of them being [[spoiler:Kull himself.]]
* ContemplateOurNavels: Most egregiously seen in ''The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune''.
* CosmicHorrorStory.
* CrossOver: ''Kings of the Night'', featuring Kull and Literature/BranMakMorn.
* CurtainCamouflage
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The state of existence in Valusia for so long that literally no native Valusian can conceive of any other way to be.
* DividedWeFall
* DuelToTheDeath
* TheExile
* EvenEvilHasStandards
* EvilIsNotWellLit
* FakeKing: The Serpent People do this, murdering and replacing the rulers of Valusia and other lands.
* FeudingFamilies
* FireForgedFriends
* GlorySeeker
* GoMadFromTheRevelation
* TheGoodChancellor: First Councillor Tu.
* GreenEyedMonster
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Kull and Brule the Lance-slayer, justified by the fact Brule acts as his bodyguad and also is one his few true friends and collaborators.
* HiddenDepths
* HumanSacrifice
* IAmTheNoun: "I AM THE LAW!", Kull said, fed up with the Can't-Marry-Slaves law. He takes an ax to it. Could very well be a {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* IdenticalGrandson
* InHarmsWay
* ItWasAGift
* LizardFolk: The Snakemen
* MadeASlave
* MadOracle
* MagicMirror
* {{Masquerade}}
* MasterOfIllusion
* MercyKill
* NoOntologicalInertia
* ObviousTrap
* OrWasItADream
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* PetTheDog: Kull has a soft spot for young lovers and other such fools.
* PettingZooPeople
* {{Precursors}}: The Serpent People and other races (implied).
** RecursivePrecursors: {{Atlantis}}, Kull's homeland, is a young and barbaric island nation while Valusia and its culture is considered ancient beyond reckoning, extending back to the very dawn of Man [[spoiler:as a free, non-enslaved species]].
* ThePromise
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Despict being from enemy races Brule shares with Kull a great friendship, in more than one occasion each one has saved the life of the other, even in one situation where they had to face a cosmic entity.
* PowerOfTrust
* PowerTrio: King Kull is TheMcCoy, Councillor Tu is TheSpock, and Brule is TheKirk.
* ThePromise
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Quite obvious.
* PurpleProse: Howard was one of those exceptional writers who did this ''well''.
* ReligionOfEvil
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The Serpent People, through which Howard distantly connects with the CthulhuMythos of his friend HPLovecraft.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia
* RoyalBlood
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Look at IAmTheNoun above.
* SealedEvilInACan: The Screaming Skull of Silence. Kull almost ends the world out of sheer boredom.
* ShootTheDog: In "Exile of Atlantis", Kull throws a knife in a girl's heart to spare her from being burned to death.
* SchrodingersButterfly
* SelfMadeMan
* TalkingInYourDreams
* TimeTravel: In ''Kings of the Night'', Kull visits Literature/BranMakMorn who lives 100,000 years later.
* VestigialEmpire
* VictoryIsBoring: Kull spends most of his time after becoming king in an existential funk, because it's so much more enticing to conquer than to rule.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The '97 movie was originally intended to be the third movie for the ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' movies, [[{{Irony}} which were supposed to be about Kull anyway]].
* WillNotTellALie: Judging by his behavior, Kull regards liars as scheming weaklings. Real men ''always'' tell the truth...and kill all who take offense to it.
* ZergRush

----