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''{{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.

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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.
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!!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]].
** The unfinished fragment that came to be called "Riders Beyond the Sunrise" ends with Kull and some of his warriors, in pursuit of a man who has defied the law and insulted him, reaching a river. There is a ferryman who says, "Here is the end of the world; beyond is magic and the unknown. Here is the boundary of the world; there begins the realm of horror and mysticism. This is the river Stagus and I am Karon the Ferryman." It is explicitly stated that this would go down through the centuries to become the myth of the river Styx and Charon the ferryman. The ferryman takes Kull and his men across, and the story stops there. Creator/DavidDrake called this story "the only fragment I've read that made me really wish that Howard had completed it himself."
* 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

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