Spoilers for all works set prior to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are unmarked.
Portrayed By: Alexis Denisof
Voiced By: Antonio Monroi (Latin-American Spanish dub), Arsenio Corsellas [The Avengers], Miguel Ayones [Guardians of the Galaxy] (European Spanish dub)
Appearances: The Avengers | Guardians of the Galaxy
An alien who acts as the mouthpiece of Thanos.
- Back for the Dead: Appears in Guardians of the Galaxy in a couple of scenes, acting as a middleman between Ronan and Thanos. When Ronan goes to see Thanos in person, he grows annoyed with the Other constantly arguing with him, and kills him.
- Berserk Button: He doesn't take it well when people question or disrespect Thanos.
- Black Cloak: He wears a black robe that covers the top half of his face.
- Bullying a Dragon: Screaming at a psychopath like Ronan was never going to end well.
- Canon Foreigner: Created for the MCU.
- Easily Conquered World: Believed Earth would be one of these, and that the entire Earth would surrender the minute the Chitauri landed without so much as a single battle.
- Flanderization: In The Avengers The Other was much more subdued compared to his mostly shrieking role in Guardians of the Galaxy. His constant harping about respecting Thanos gets him killed by Ronan. Justified in that while Loki was subdued and fearful, Ronan is trying to confront Thanos and isn't intimidated. Ronan then got tired of his attempts at Ham-to-Ham Combat. The Other should have just let Thanos put Ronan in his place.
- Humanoid Aliens: He has the same general shape as a human (and of course is played by a human actor), but the details are very different. For starters, he has two thumbs on each hand. It's not really clear if he's of the same race as the Chitauri.
- Informed Ability: Loki is physically intimidated by him, flinching and retracting when the Other goes to grab his face, and according to James Gunn he's actually stronger than him, or at least the scenes were meant to convey such. He has zero on-screen fights and is simply one-shotted by Ronan.
- In the Hood: His hood helps to further obscure his face. You get to see his surprised eye when Ronan kills him.
- Malevolent Masked Man: A servant of Thanos who hides half of his face.
- Mouth of Sauron: Serves as the mouthpiece for his master. Fittingly, after he dies, Thanos starts to speak for himself.
- Neck Snap: Ronan kills the Other using a blast of force from his hammer, not only breaking his spine but twisting his head nearly 180°.
- Nightmare Face: Though we only see some of it.
- Number Two: Appears at first to be working for Loki, but is quickly revealed to be the intermediary for the even more powerful Thanos.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Something of a given for anyone who willingly serves Thanos.
- Paper Tiger: His intimidating appearance, plus him being able to threaten Loki, makes him seemingly deadly on paper. In reality, a single blast from Ronan's Universal Weapon snaps his neck, showing that he's more bark than bite.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In Guardians of the Galaxy, he only appears briefly before Ronan kills him.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: From the start of The Avengers, he shows annoyance over working with Loki. Though, it was ultimately up to Thanos to make that decision. In Guardians of the Galaxy, he also doesn't like working with Ronan the Accuser much either, chastising him for talking to Thanos without the proper respect. This provokes Ronan into killing him.
- Undying Loyalty: To Thanos. The Other treats Thanos with a respect that borders on reverence, gets angry when Ronan disrespects the Mad Titan, and in Guardians of the Galaxy, the Other is the only one of Thanos's minions who doesn't betray him.
- Vocal Evolution: The Other's voice (and thus, Alexis Denisof's) is heavily modulated into cybernetic, Evil Sounds Deep levels in The Avengers, making him a fearsome figure to watch and hear. He also uses a lower, less flamboyant tone in this film. However, once he makes his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, it's only changed so far as for him to have a slightly noticeable metallic tone, and his voice is a tad bit more falsetto due to less editing. He also yells a lot this time around. In both films he is a good example of Evil Sounds Raspy.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Mysteriously absent from 2014 Thanos's army in Avengers: Endgame.
- The Worf Effect: James Gunn acknowledges doing this with him on the commentary for Guardians, saying seeing the guy who Loki was submissive towards killed so easily was meant to drive home how dangerous Ronan was.
The Children of Thanos/Black Order
- Adapted Out: Supergiant of the Black Order is not a part of the MCU version of the team in Infinity War.
- Alas, Poor Villain: The deaths of their 2014 selves in Endgame are surprisingly poignant; as they turn to dust, Maw reaches out to Thanos in confusion and terror, and Proxima and Corvus die as she cradles him.
- Aliens Speaking English: Bizarrely zigzagged. All of them speak perfect English, except for Cull Obsidian. Rather strange, he was raised alongside the rest of them.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Gamora is green, Nebula is blue, and the ones based on the Black Order have grey skin.
- Asshole Victim: In Infinity War, they all meet brutal, well-deserved deaths while trying to enable Thanos's goal of universal genocide. The same then happens in Endgame.
- Back for the Dead: All of them except Nebula die during Infinity War, but their 2014 selves are transported to the present (including another Nebula) in Endgame. They then proceed to die all over again, this time excepting Gamora.
- Badass Family: Being the adopted children of Thanos, they are bound by name and kinship.
- Beauty = Goodness: Gamora and Nebula, the two most conventionally human looking of the siblings, are the ones who defect to the side of good.
- The Brute: Cull Obsidian, the largest, strongest, and apparently least intelligent.
- Colourful Theme Naming: The four who debut in Infinity War are named Corvus, Midnight, Ebony, and Obsidian. In the comics, their team is named the Black Order.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: The names of Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight and Cull Obsidian are never pronounced. Ebony Maw's name is pronounced, with Thanos referring to him as "Maw", but without the "Ebony" part. For that matter, they are never collectively referred to as "The Black Order" either.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: The rest of Thanos's forces are easily cut down by the Avengers, but whenever these four show up the fight becomes a great deal more difficult.
- Daddy's Girl: Thanos's adoptive daughters seem to have a closer paternal relationship with him than the Mad Titan does with his adoptive sons; Gamora, Nebula, and Proxima all refer to Thanos as "Father" at one time or another, while Maw and Glaive only ever address him as "Sire".
- Dark Is Evil: They're the Black Order with the majority having gothic names themed around the color black. Simple as.
- "Darkness von Gothick" Name: The four members in Infinity War have dark outfits with dark, edgy-sounding names.
- Demoted to Extra: Aside from (debatably) Ebony Maw, all of them play a smaller role in Endgame compared to Infinity War.
- Elite Four: Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Cull Obsidian, and Ebony Maw act as Thanos's four best and strongest lieutenants in Infinity War, and must be defeated in order for the heroes to have a clear shot at fighting Thanos.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Could be seen as one for the Avengers. Like the Avengers, they are a disparate group of extraordinary individuals, each of whom possesses unique abilities or skills.
- As well as Gamora and Nebula, two of Thanos's other adoptees, who resent what Thanos did to them and jumped ship as soon as they got the chance.
- Evil Gloating: All of them except for Cull Obsidian really like to stop and taunt right before dealing a killing blow. It gets them all killed.
- Evil Is Bigger: While the turncoats Gamora and Nebula are the same height as human women, Proxima, Corvus, and Maw are taller than most humans, and Obsidian is substantially taller than Thanos.
- Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Played with. Though they all are loyal servants to their to their adoptive father, the relationships between each "family member" seem to vary. While Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight are Happily Married to each other, Ebony Maw is more than willing to leave his adopted brother Cull Obsidian behind just to receive all the credit for obtaining the Time Stone, and is practically gleeful at the thought of murdering his adopted sister Nebula for betraying Thanos in the future.
- Fake Ultimate Mook: Despite being the elite of Thanos, Corvus and Proxima constantly have trouble defeating normal humans. In Avengers: Endgame, Corvus is killed as if he were a simple Mook, by Okoye. Cull really worth anything, and even he is shown to be far weaker than he initially looked when Giant-Man killed him in seconds.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The three males. Cull Obsidian is a hulking bruiser and One-Man Army (Fighter), Ebony Maw is a telekinetic and Evil Sorcerer who reverse-engineers Pym particles (Mage) and Corvus is a Stealth Expert who strikes from the shadows (Thief).
- Flat Character: Maw is the only one with more than five lines. They mostly serve the Filler Villain role for the Earth heroes.
- Gender-Equal Ensemble: In Infinity War, this is averted, but before Nebula and Gamora's defection, it was this trope.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The arrival of these terrifying warriors precedes the apocalypse Thanos will inflict with the Infinity Gauntlet.
- Mythology Gag: The name "Children of Thanos" was originally how the vast armies of Thanos, of various races, named themselves in the comics.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Maw, Cull Obsidian, Proxima Midnight, and Corvus Glaive don't really sound like the friendliest names, nor does The Black Order.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: Thanos's personal hit team.
- Related in the Adaptation: In the original comics, only Black Dwarf (Cull Obsidian), Corvus Glaive, and Proxima Midnight have relations with each other at all: Black Dwarf and Corvus Glaive are brothers and the latter is married with Proxima Midnight. Here, all of them are Thanos's adopted children, much like Gamora and Nebula. Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight retain their comics counterparts' marriage.
- Remember the New Guy?: Averted. They never appeared as a group before Infinity War, but were subtly alluded to in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie during the scene where Nebula nearly killed Gamora.Nebula: Of all our siblings, I hated you least.
- The Rival: Each of them forms a particular animosity with one of the heroes over the course of Infinity War, and with the exception of Maw, each of these heroes is the one who ultimately kills the respective Black Order member.
- Corvus with Vision.
- Proxima with Wanda.
- Cull with Banner.
- Maw with Doctor Strange.
- Satellite Character: Aside from Ebony Maw, who gets a bit more characterization than the rest, all of them are defined by their loyalty to Thanos and their willingness to aid him in his quest to wipe out half the universe. Word of God confirmed that their purposes in the film was to keep the heroes from fighting Thanos until the end.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: They're more dangerous than other underlings seen in previous movies. Each one of them is capable of fighting multiple heroes at the same time and come very close to killing them, only thwarted a combination of their own arrogance and outside interference.
- Strong as They Need to Be: They go from owning the Avengers heavyweights like Wanda and Vision to fighting evenly or even losing to Captain America and Black Widow.
- Zigzagged trope. They used sneak attacks and off-handed tactics vs the heavyweights and were gaining the upperhand as a result, while the inverse happened for the lower-tier heroes where Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon did the same *to them* and they were caught off-guard as a result.
- Theme Naming: Each member of the team is named after celestial objects that exist in space.
- Undying Loyalty: They are all fiercely loyal to Thanos, except Gamora and Nebula.
- You Have No Chance to Survive: They are quite fond of reminding the heroes just how much stronger their powers are than anything humanity can throw out, whether by technology, Infinity Stone-induced enhancement or magical arts.
Portrayed By: Michael James Shaw
Voiced By: Erick Selim (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame
An alien warrior who wields a powerful atom-splitting glaive.
- Absurd Cutting Power: His glaive is able to easily stab through Heimdall and even the previously-thought impenetrable Vibranium body of Vision, as well as negating his power to phase through objects.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, Corvus has dueled the likes of Wolverine, the Hulk, and Hyperion, and without outside interference, has won or be on the winning side of those fights. In Infinity War, he gets mortally wounded by Black Widow within seconds of her joining the fight. He also lacks the Complete Immortality that his comic counterpart has. That being said, he chokeslams Captain America easily after he is disarmed of his glaive, and does repeatedly get the better of the Vision, the MCU's local Superman Substitute. Even more in Endgame, where he is killed as if he were a simple Mook by Okoye (who is a human without powers).
- Alien Blood: His blood is green, although it's only shown for a split second when he gets impaled by Vision.
- All There in the Manual: The film versions of Corvus and Proxima are said to be married like they are in the comics by their actors, but this relationship is never mentioned in the film.
- All There in the Script: Only named in the credits.
- Attack Reflector: His glaive can reflect energy attacks, which he uses to turn the tables on Vision after the latter starts to overpower him in their first fight. Shuri's Arm Cannon meets similar results when he assaults her lab in Wakanda.
- Blade on a Stick: A glaive polearm, his trademark weapon. Thanos borrows it to kill Heimdall.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He seems to be quite fond of using this method particularly when he uses his Glaive on Vision's Mind Stone while Vision screams in agony.
- Demoted to Extra: Hes much less important than he is in the comics, where he the leader of the Black Order.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: The Corvus from 2014, already wounded by Okoye, dies in Proxima's arms as Thanos's army is reduced to dust.
- Disney Death: Proxima Midnight mentions that he died from his wounds. Its all an act, since he manages to infiltrate Shuris lab and attack Vision once Scarlet Witch enters the battle.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In Endgame, 2014 Corvus is shocked by and actually questions Thanos's order to have the Sanctuary II open fire on the battlefield at great risk to their own forces.Thanos: [fighting against Wanda] Rain fire!
Corvus: But sire, our troops-!
Thanos: JUST DO IT!
- Evil Sounds Deep: Corvus's few lines are all said in a very deep, growling voice.
- Foil: To Cull Obsidian. They're both brutal warriors and men of few words, but Corvus' penchant for sneak attacks and lithe frame make for a strong contrast to Cull's "smash everything" approach and immense stature.
- Either/Or Offspring: Corvus is revealed to be this as the Infinity War concept art book confirms that Corvus and Cull Obisdian are biological brothers (much like in the comic) and that their parents were different species resulting in them looking different — Corvus resembles their father, while Cull resembles their mother.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He likes to impale his targets sneakily In the Back with his glaive. He perishes that way, courtesy of Vision.
- Idiot Ball: Grabs this in the Battle of Wakanda. After all his No-Nonsense Nemesis tendencies, he stops for a brief moment to gloat before killing Vision. This moment is all Captain America needs to arrive and team up with Vision to kill Corvus.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's fond of doing this to others and this is how Vision ultimately kills him at the end of Infinity War. He's also skewered by Okoye fairly rapidly in the final battle of Endgame.
- In the Back: He is killed by Vision with a stab from behind, exactly what he does to Vision when they first meet.
- In the Hood: Wears a dark hooded robe with gold trim as part of his overall look.
- Karmic Death: All of his appearances consist of him stabbing Vision with his glaive, in the end Vision stabs him in the back and tosses him aside to save Cap.
- Kick the Dog: After downing the Vision in Wakanda, Corvus takes a moment to rub in the android's helplessness.
- Lean and Mean: He's really skinny, looking like he's got nothing but skin and bones under his robes. This doesn't stop him from manhandling the muscular Captain America, who was equal to his much more muscular companion Proxima.
- The Load: Comes across as this to Proxima, as in pretty much any of the battles where they're fighting together, he is the only one to become mortally wounded to the point that Proxima would give up the battle to keep him safe.
- In Infinity War, Proxima was holding her own until Corvus becomes hurt and she flies into a rage. Then she would rather focus on getting him away from danger than continue the battle.
- In Endgame, Corvus is stabbed by Okoye during the battle, and as Thanos and his forces get distintegrated, Proxima can be seen in the background already cradling Corvus. Considering how quickly the distintegration happens, it's implied she had already stopped fighting to protect him for some time.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: When he attacks the Vision in Scotland, Corvus doesn't even make his presence known until he's prepared to strike, impaling his victim with zero warning, and barely saying a word in the resultant fight barring a demand to surrender. When he reappears during the battle in Wakanda, he doesn't take part in the melee, instead going straight for the Vision, slaughtering anyone who gets in his way, and ignoring any distractions in favour of directly attacking the Vision. He only stops to taunt the Vision when the android appears defeated.
- Not Blood Siblings: With Proxima. Corvus and Proxima are a Happily Married couple in the comics. They have a brief moment with Proxima comforting an injured Corvus, and leaked (but cut from final film) scenes of the two that suggest they are romantically involved. As they are both known as "Children of Thanos", this trope is invoked.
- Power Nullifier: Getting stabbed by Corvus's weapon does something to Vision that prevents him from phasing and leaves him physically weakened for much of the film. His polearm is also used to kill Heimdall and seemingly overrides the latter's Asgardian Super Toughness and Healing Factor, though he was already badly injured at the time.
- Psychotic Smirk: Corvus cracks a smile when he sees Thor at Thanos's mercy.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red pupils, like his wife.
- Stealth Expert: Corvus Glaive has managed to ambush Vision and stab him with his glaive, crippling him for the remainder of the fight. He also seemingly infiltrates Wakandas defense and is only caught when he approaches the chamber in which Vision is kept.
- Super Reflexes: Despite his size, Corvus is quick and has keen reflexes:
- Deflects Vision's forehead beam back to him with his spear
- When Falcon ambushes him and Proxima with a flying dive, Corvus is the only one who manages to dodge in time despite being the one closer to Falcon.
- He deflected missiles fired at him by Falcon.
- He also deflects multiple sonic blasts from Shuri at close range.
- Super Strength: Strong enough to overpower Captain America when he puts in the effort, toss around and grapple with an injured Vision (though he gets overpowered eventually) as well as jump pretty high in the Edinburgh fight. After his glaive is deflected by Ayo's vibranium spear and Shuri's hand cannon blasts, he roundhouse kicks them both across the room to swiftly end the fight.
- Super Toughness: Gets punched by Vision hard enough to crack a wall behind him and then tossed about 20 feet away. Doesn't stop him. Neither does getting blasted by Wanda, tackled off a skyscraper by Vision, or punched repeatedly by Captain America.
- Getting impaled with Proxima's weapon by Black Widow does cripple him to the point that he can't fight anymore, but by the time the plot's moved on to Wakanda (mere hours later at most), he's perfectly fine and has no trouble continuing the battle.
- Sword Drag: He does a brief one while he and Proxima advance on a cornered Wanda, ramping up the menace.
- They Call Him "Sword": Named after the weapon he wields, a glaive.
- The Quiet One: He's noticeably much more quiet than any of the other Black Order members, only ever speaking a few lines over the course of the film.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Corvus can tower and loom over most of the human characters in the film, but is noticeably skinnier when compared to his more heavily muscled partner, Proxima.
- Together in Death: Averted in Infinity War where he and Proxima die in separate deaths far away from each other, but played straight in Endgame with their 2014 counterparts. Proxima cradles the mortally wounded Corvus before they both disintegrate into dust by Iron Man's Badass Fingersnap.
- Tuckerization: Corvus Glaive is named after Randall Lilly, aka Corvus, a Big Name Fan who ran one of the very first Thanos fansites.
- Would Hit a Girl: Proxima does most of the actual fighting with Wanda, but Corvus doesn't object to her treatment and seems perfectly willing to attack Wanda himself once he's got her cornered. He also fights and knocks out both Ayo and Shuri (who is only a teenager) during the battle in Wakanda.
Portrayed By: Carrie Coon (voice and mo-cap), Monique Ganderton (on-set performer)
Voiced By: Carola Vázquez (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame
A female warrior who serves Thanos.
- All There in the Manual: The film versions of Corvus and Proxima are said to be married like they are in the comics by their actors, and while it isn't explicitly established in the movie itself, Proxima's distressed concern for Corvus after Romanoff stabs him is a pretty clear indicator.
- All There in the Script: Only named in the credits.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, Proxima has fought toe-to-toe with Luke Cage and broke his ribs and other internal injuries while only visibly bleeding from some cuts herself. When thrown, her spear has been shown to be able to chase and catch up to Spectrum in lightform, meaning it goes as fast as lightspeed, as well as possessing toxic blacklight that can depower Spectrum and the Hulk. She has also fought Captain America, the Hulk, Captain Marvel, and Hyperion at the same time, and was overwhelmingly winning the fight. In the film, she has trouble dueling Black Widow, Captain America and Falcon, her spear can be caught by Captain America even though he was unable to even deflect her spear completely in the comics; and she later dies to a thresher machine.
- Alien Blood: Bleeds blue blood, most prominently seen when she gets reduced to Ludicrous Gibs.
- Bad Boss: She throws the Outriders against the Wakandan force field, and later, into battle with the heroes, showing about as much concern for them as one would for meat in a grinder.
- Badass Boast: Lets loose a frightening one right before unleashing their army of outriders for the invasion of Wakanda.T'Challa: You are in Wakanda now. Thanos will have nothing but dust, and blood.
Proxima Midnight: We have blood to spare.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: In her fight with Natasha, Scarlet Witch and Okoye, she deploys a knife blade from her wrist.
- Blade on a Stick: Wields a bladed staff. She trades it out for a sword in the climax.
- Dark Action Girl: She's killed scores of people in Thanos's name. During the climactic battle in Wakanda, she takes on Natasha and Okoye (two of the most dangerous hand-to-hand fighters in the entire MCU) simultaneously, and is clearly keeping the upper hand with ease until Wanda steps in.
- The Dark Chick: Since Gamora and Nebula both pulled Heel Face Turns and are now opposing Thanos, Proxima is the only named female character who remains a loyal follower of Thanos.
- Designated Girl Fight: The climax of the movie conspires to have her face Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and Okoye at the exact same time.
- The Dragon: Seems to have taken this role after Ebony Maw's death, since she orders the release of the Outriders and gives orders to Corvus Glaive to attack Vision.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Chooses to take the Avengers' offer of mercy and retreats when it is clear Corvus is too injured to "get up" and continue the fight. Later, when taunted by Black Widow, Proxima threatens to take Widow's life in revenge for Corvus's. This was a ploy to make the Avengers think that Corvus had died from his injuries since he wasn't fighting alongside Proxima.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Sports a low, chilling voice.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Proxima wears a shoulder pad and armor on her left arm only.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her outfits are form-fitting, since it's basically armor.
- Foil: To Ebony Maw. Like Maw, Proxima is clearly one of Thanos's higher ranked subordinates (she's shown commanding the Outriders and giving orders to Corvus Glaive), the two of them are the most vocally loyal to Thanos, and out of the Children, she and Maw are the most talkative. However, Proxima is a warrior first and foremost, and she shows concern for Corvus; Maw, by contrast, is essentially Thanos's hype man who, while powerful, only fights when he needs to, and he bosses around and abandons Cull Obsidian, treating his adoptive sibling as little more than a minion. Proxima's skills are also entirely physical, unlike Maw's vast telekinetic abilities.
- Four-Star Badass: She's a capable warrior who, alone among Thanos's children, is shown commanding her father's forces in combat; even Thanos's favoured child, Gamora, acted alone while carrying out his will, and Ebony Maw only gave the signal for the Chitauri to massacre the Zehoberi people (Thanos's presence makes it clear that he was giving the orders).
- Horned Humanoid: She has horns, unlike her comics counterpart, who wears a helmet.
- Jerkass: What little personality we see of her shows Proxima to be a vicious and arrogant warrior who enjoys violence in service of Thanos's goals.
- Kick the Dog: After preventing Wanda from leaving the battlefield to protect Vision, Proxima gloats that both Vision and Wanda will die alone. Natasha and Okoye are happy to prove Proxima wrong.Proxima: He'll die alone, as will you.
Natasha: She's not alone.
- Love Is a Weakness: Proxima has been shown to be possibly the best hand-to-hand fighter of the Children of Thanos, able to take on and hold her on against multiple Avengers or heroes when needed. However, if she is fighting beside her husband Corvus, she becomes easily enraged or distracted if anything happens to him.
- In Infinity War, Proxima was holding her own until Corvus becomes hurt and she flies into a rage. Then she would rather focus on getting him away from danger than continue the battle.
- In Endgame, Corvus is stabbed by Okoye during the battle, and as Thanos and his forces get distintegrated, Proxima can be seen in the background already cradling Corvus. Considering how quickly the distintegration happens, it's implied she had already stopped fighting to protect him for some time.
- Ludicrous Gibs: All that's left of her after Wanda throws her into the path of one of Thanos's tunnelling machines.Natasha: That's really gross.
- Not Blood Siblings: With Corvus. Corvus and Proxima are a Happily Married couple in the comics. They have a brief moment with Proxima comforting an injured Corvus, and leaked (but cut from final film) scenes of the two that suggest they are still romantically involved. As they are both known as "Children of Thanos", this trope is invoked.
- Oh, Crap!: She gets a somewhat controlled one when Thor shows up in Wakanda wielding Stormbreaker. To her credit, she doesn't let it stop her from attempting to complete her objective.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Her helmet from the comics was altered for the film, likely to avoid comparisons to the one worn by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. Now she has organic almost ram-like horns, but these are still not nearly as large as their comics counterparts.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red pupils in the MCU, in contrast to her pure white eyes in the comics.
- The Smurfette Principle: Seems to be the only female member of the team in this continuity since Supergiant was Adapted Out.
- Super Strength: Similar to her partner. She's able to match Captain America in a push match when they lock blades. She also throws one-handedly tosses Okoye like a ragdoll and uses only her fists to disable Black Widow armed with her electric batons.
- Summon to Hand: She can call her spear back to herself.
- Together in Death: Averted in Infinity War where she and Corvus die in separate deaths far away from each other but played straight in Endgame with their 2014 counterparts. Proxima cradles the mortally wounded Corvus before they both disintegrate into dust by Iron Man's Badass Fingersnap.
- Undying Loyalty: Out of the Children, it's Proxima who vocally vows not to fail Thanos upon being dispatched after the Mind and Time Stones, and upon arriving in Wakanda, she makes her intent clear: Thanos will have the Mind Stone, even if she needs to sacrifice her entire army to see it done.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Immediately jumps in with a warcry to defend Corvus after the latter is stabbed by Black Widow and unable to defend himself. Proxima then viciously duels against both Captain America and Black Widow, up till being hit to the ground by the Falcon. Noticeably, she immediately rushes to put herself between Corvus and the Avengers even on the ground.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has long, blue hair.
Portrayed By: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Voiced By: Eduardo Garza (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame
A smarmy, condescending telekinetic alien whose main pleasures appear to be praising Thanos and brutally torturing his victims.
- The Ace: Implied. While torturing Doctor Strange on the way to Titan, Maw claims that he has never failed Thanos during all the times he served him. As such, his standards to please his adopted father are incredibly high.
- Adaptational Badass: His comic counterpart primarily relies on his cunning and manipulations, and does not seem to have any powers beyond that. In the film, he has telekinesis that allows him to go toe-to-toe with Doctor Strange and Iron Man with minimal effort.
- Adaptational Dumbass: While getting a power boost-up with telekinetic abilities, he lacks the manipulation skills displayed by his comic counterpart. That said he still displays a very cunning intellect and is clearly the most intelligent of Thanos's children.
- Alas, Poor Villain: For all his cruelty and smug arrogance, his final demise in Endgame is portrayed as rather sad, when he feebly, desperately, reaches out towards Thanos, the man he considers a father figure, in obvious confusion and terror, right before he's finally disintegrated.
- All There in the Script: Partially named as "the Maw" in dialogue, but his full name is only in the credits.
- Bald of Evil: Ebony Maw has a bald spot on his head, only having patches of grey hair here and there.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The Little to Cull Obsidian's Big.
- Big Brother Bully: Shades of this trope are seen in Endgame, where 2014 Maw smugly declares Nebula to be a traitor and uses his telekinesis to wrap her throat in chains after 2014 Thanos opens the memory banks from her future self.
- The Bus Came Back: Subverted however as the Ebony Maw seen in Endgame is not the same one who was blown out of an airlock in Infinity War to quite literally freeze to death.
- Cold-Blooded Torture:
- To force Doctor Strange to remove the enchantment on the Time Stone. It involves needles. Lots and lots of needles.Strange: You'll find removing a dead man's spell... troublesome.
Maw: You'll only wish you were dead.
- After 2014 Nebula is captured by by the past versions of Gamora and Thanos, Ebony Maw uses the ship's technology to torture Nebula into giving up the information, and later chokes her with a chain.
- To force Doctor Strange to remove the enchantment on the Time Stone. It involves needles. Lots and lots of needles.
- Cold Ham: His speeches of Thanos are often heavy and carry a lot of weight, yet he does not raise his voice beyond a soft and regal tone.
- The Comically Serious: He has no patience for Tony's wisecracks.Maw: He exhausts me.
- Composite Character:
- Supergiant's telekinetic powers are transferred to him, since Supergiant was Adapted Out.
- His role as Thanos's sycophantic, sadistic right-hand man is taken from Mephisto's role in the original Infinity Gauntlet storyline. Some of Maw's lines ("my humble personage bows before your grandeur"; "infinity/the universe lies within your grasp") are even quoted almost word-for-word from Mephisto.
- The Dragon: He seems to be the most powerful of the Children, and the only one that Thanos openly expresses concern about. Ironically, he's the first to die.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Gets an unceremonious death by means of being sucked out of a hull breach into space while his guard is down, whereas his other allies were killed actually fighting superheroes in the Battle for Wakanda.
- Even Evil Can Be Loved: While he doesn't dwell on Maw's death like he does with Gamora's, Thanos admits that the loss of his adoptive son adds to the heavy toll that day had already taken on him.
- Evil Counterpart: To Doctor Strange. Both are the Token Wizards (as confirmed by Word of God) of their respective sides with the ability to fly, have surgical skills (Maw using surgical tools as a means of torture), their lean physiologies and their contested conflict in Infinity War.
- Evil Genius: Incredibly intelligent and wicked. According to the creators of Endgame, he's the one to reverse-engineer the Pym Particles along with Thanos.
- Evil Old Folks: Implied to be the eldest of the Children of Thanos. He looks quite old with his wrinkly face and balding, white hair. He was also present as an adult during the massacre of the Zehoberei when Gamora was still a child.
- Evil Sorcerer: A wizard according to Word of God, and Thanos's cruel and sadistic underling.
- Facial Horror: After his death in the vacuum of space, Maw's frozen face starts visibly cracking.
- Faux Affably Evil: Maw is fond of speechifying about how grateful people should be for Thanos gracing their otherwise worthless lives. "Gracing" in this case, referring to Thanos exterminating half their population. He noticeably drops the act when he's one-on-one with Doctor Strange, reverting to a chilling cold, but still mockingly civil tone of voice as he tortures his victim and demands the Time Stone.
- Feet-First Introduction: The audience is first introduced to Ebony Maw through the sight of his boots as he walks among the corpses of Asgardians, his voice reciting the gospel of Thanos at the same time.
- Finger on Lips: He makes an iconic "shush" gesture in the trailer, apparently in response to Doctor Strange's screams. In the movie proper, it's a mocking gesture toward Thor, just after encasing him in metal and gagging him.
- To Corvus Glaive; they're both powerful minions of Thanos, dispatched to recover Infinity Stones for their master, but the different ways they go about this goal underline their differences. Maw, proving himself to be something of a showman, makes his ship as visible as possible and makes a big dramatic speech when confronted by the heroes. Corvus, on the other hand, only makes his presence known when he's ready to strike, skewering the Vision from out of nowhere, and barely saying a word except to taunt his opponents when they appear beaten. Fittingly, Maw is the first of the Black Order to die, while Glaive is the last.
- To Cull Obsidian; again, they're both powerful servants of Thanos, but Maw's extremely thin frame, talkative demeanor, and reliance on his telekinetic powers set him up as a strong contrast to the hulking Cull, who barely says a word and just smashes his way through any opposition.
- To Nebula; both are powerful members of Thanos's adopted family, and are desperate for approval from him. However, whereas Maw is a successful sorcerer who stays loyal to Thanos through to the end and supposedly never fails him, Nebula is The Unfavorite who always loses to her sister Gamora, and eventually betrays her adopted father out of pure hatred.
- Forehead of Doom: Has a big, bulging forehead and a very low hairline.
- Glass Cannon: His offensive ability is unrivaled among Thanos's minions, but he's very physically fragile himself and the only member of Thanos's forces who doesn't seem to possess superhuman durability of any type (even to the relatively small degree of Proxima and Corvus), as shown when Strange cuts his face by deflecting a small stone spike at him at low velocity. On top of this, he also has poor situational awareness and gets distracted easily due to his arrogance. This is ultimately his undoing; all the heroes have to do is get him distracted for a second and then take him out with one hit before he knows what's going on — unlike Gamora he doesn't even last a second when exposed to the vacuum of space.
- Hammy Herald: He sure loves the sound of his own voice, giving long, elaborate speeches about the glory of Thanos several times throughout the film. The first lines spoken (aside from the distress signal) are his reciting gospel as he walks through the corpses of the Asgardians.Ebony Maw: Hear me and rejoice! You have had the privilege of being saved by the Great Titan. You may think this is suffering. No, it is salvation. The universal scales tip toward balance because of your sacrifice. Smile... for even in death, you have become children of Thanos.
- In-Series Nickname: Iron Man calls him Squidward in the US release. In the French release, Tony calls him Voldemort.
- It's All About Me: Maw clearly relishes his Hammy Herald status in the Black Order, and gloats about his own powers to both Iron Man and Dr. Strange. It's also implied that he abandoned Cull Obsidian on Earth so that he could receive all the credit for obtaining the Time Stone.
- Jerkass: Beneath his polite exterior is a sadistic torturer and overbearing gasbag. He also shamelessly abandons his comrade and adoptive brother Cull Obsidian the instant he has Strange in his grasp, a decision that, while pragmatic, speaks volumes about Ebony Maw's lack of camaraderie. His 2014 self in Endgame is almost gleeful in preparing to kill Nebula because she might betray Thanos in the future.
- Karmic Death: He abandons Cull Obsidian and the other members of the Black Order on Earth to win Thanos's favor for himself. This lack of backup ensures he's the first of their team to die.
- Kill It with Water: Breaks open a fire hydrant and uses the stream of water to stun Wong in the fight in New York City.
- Lean and Mean: He's very tall and gaunt, which is given a great deal of emphasis, as he spends a good deal of his screentime in the company of the truly colossal Cull Obsidian.
- Magical Gesture: Is prone to these, even if his power is telekinetic rather than arcane. He also shows some familiarity with magic, doubting that "a dead man's spell" will be of much trouble for him to deal with.
- Magitek: 2014 Ebony Maw used magic and helped Thanos to easily reverse engineer and mass produce Pym Particles, thus allowing them and their enormous armies to travel to the future.
- Meaningful Name: "Maw" is a synonym for "mouth". One of Maw's most significant traits is his constant talking and apparent inability to shut his mouth even for pragmatic reasons.
- Mind over Matter: Maw has the power of telekinesis, which he masterfully uses to hold his ground against Iron Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Wong. With a thought, Maw can dismantle anything, shape objects in any way he sees fit, and lift them effortlessly. Interestingly, this ability seems to be mostly limited to inanimate matter, as he never uses it on his opponents themselves. The one time he uses his abilities on a person it's to stop Cull Obsidian from flying into him after getting blasted by Iron Man.
- Mouth of Sauron: A hammy herald who spreads the decrees and gospel of his father Thanos on the worlds that they invade.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: While he gloats he is still really task oriented, the moment he get his hand on the Infinity Stone he leaves the Earth to bring it to Thanos and leave the second to the remaining members of the Black Order, as there is no point risking to lose it.
- The Noseless: He has no visible nose to speak of.
- Not Quite Flight: Can simulate flight by levitating atop a cyclone of rubble or simply lifting himself telekinetically.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He gets creepily touchy-feely with Doctor Strange during their battle.
- Number Two: Implied to be Thanos's Right-Hand Man in terms of Military and Political Chain of Command; Though more than capable of decimating battalions on his own, Maw is seen more often commanding soldiers rather than engaging in battle himself, and has enough authority to silence high-ranking generals like Cull Obsidian with but a word. Whereas his brothers and sisters are all warriors (including Thanos's favorite and most beloved child Gamora) and the blunt sledgehammers of brute-force used to smash worlds into submission, Maw is the surgical rapier of political (intimidation) and psychological (torture) finesse required to keep worlds in line.
- Offhand Backhand: Does this when Spider-Man chases after both Dr. Strange and him, using his powers to throw a billboard sign at him without looking at him.
- Only Flesh Is Safe: his telekinesis only works on his own body and on inanimate objects so he can levitate himself but not other people. He had to lift Doctor Strange by levitating a slab of concrete underneath him.
- Pet the Dog: At least from Thanos's perspective. A key part of his duties appears to be assuring the victims of Thanos's massacres that their deaths actually have meaning and the universe will be a better place thanks to their "sacrifice". He is introduced in Infinity War making such a speech to the Asgardians.
- Powers Do the Fighting: Unlike the rest of his "siblings", Maw does not use any weapons, using his telekinetic powers for offense, defense and transportation while only using light-gestures to command them.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Just listen to that Purple Prose ridden speech he gives when handing the Tesseract to Thanos.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Maw's by far the most childish member of the Black Order, always making a grand spectacle of everything that he does to serve Thanos, and abandons Cull Obsidian on Earth so that he can deliver the Time Stone and win Thanos's favor for himself.
- Sadist: While the act does have a purpose, Maw clearly enjoys torturing Doctor Strange, and his past self is quite eager to kill Nebula when it seems that she'll eventually betray Thanos.
- Shout-Out: Peter's plan to ensure his death and defeat is directly inspired by how the Xenomorph Queen from Aliens was disposed of.
- Smug Super: He enjoys talking up his own abilities nearly as much as his master's. Unfortunately, as Spidey demonstrates, sci-fi knowledge can trump raw power. Especially when Maw is too busy stating his superiority to notice Iron Man isn't aiming at him.Ebony Maw: [to Doctor Strange] Your powers are quaint. You must be popular with children.
- The Sociopath: Maw is extremely sadistic and self-important, doesn't care about his siblings, and shows no empathy to those who suffer at his hands or those of Thanos.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: He speaks softly and regally, which can distract from how cruel and sadistic he can be, as demonstrated on Doctor Strange.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Thanos refers to him as "The Maw" when he arrives on Titan.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Ebony Maw gets the most lines out of the entire Black Order by far and in Endgame, he is the only one to appear before the finale while the rest are Back for the Finale.
- Squishy Wizard: He is in incredibly effective long-ranged combatant with an almost unlimited telekinetic capacity, but he is also the least physically imposing, Tony and Peter managing to get the drop on him and take him out with a clever use of their environment.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He essentially replaced the Other as Thanos's lanky Hammy Herald Mouth of Sauron. This is driven home in Endgame, when Maw effectively replaces the Other during the Guardians of the Galaxy's portion of the film.
- Stock Scream: Lets out a Wilhelm Scream when he is Thrown Out the Airlock.
- Sycophantic Servant: As powerful and sadistic as he may be, his frail appearance, reedy voice, and effusive praise for his master characterize him as a child who's by turns coddled and abused by his father; he strongly fears Thanos's wrath should he fail to retrieve the Infinity Stone.
- Thrown Out the Airlock: How Spider-Man and Iron Man kill him.
- Token Wizard: Word of God confirms that he is a wizard, and since he lets his Powers Do the Fighting while the rest of his "siblings" use weapons, he is likely to be the only magic-user among them.
- Torture Technician: He is shown torturing Doctor Strange with countless long sharp needles. Endgame shows him using a machine to hold Nebula in place and manipulate her robotic limbs and machinery.
- Undignified Death: In the midst of boasting of his power, Maw is blown out into space, letting out a Wilhelm Scream as it happens, and dies with an ugly expression of pain and annoyance frozen on his face.
- Undying Loyalty: Unlike his comic book counterpart, Ebony Maw remains loyal to Thanos to an almost religious reverence. Less so to Cull Obsidian, however, whom he readily abandons.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Maw might be the greatest of the Children of Thanos in raw power, but in turn he is possibly the least capable to use his power efficiently. While most of them are professional, resourceful and strategical enough to trump stronger characters like Vision and Wanda, Maw showboats a lot, tends to underestimate his opponents and gets often thwarted through relatively simple tactics. Possibly justified by him not being a trained warrior like them, but just a herald and scientist who happens to be a great fighter too.
- Villainous Cheekbones: As part of his overall Lean and Mean look.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Of all of Thanos's children, Maw is by far the most desperate for his approval. So much so that he readily abandons his adopted brother Cull Obsidian, and downright tells Doctor Strange that he fears judgement from his father if he reaches Titan without having removed the Time Stone from him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: While he is a jerk and a sadist, there's nothing in the movie that contradicts his sermons about how he believes Thanos is a force for salvation.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Ebony Maw has silver hair and is one of the more sadistic Children of Thanos.
- Wizard Duel: Gets into one (or at least a psychic vs. wizard duel) with Dr. Strange and Wong in New York.
- Would Hit a Girl: Tortures and expresses a gleeful willingness to kill Nebula in Endgame.
Portrayed By: Terry Notary
Voiced By: Mauricio Islas Bennetts (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame
A hulking brute, the strongest warrior in Thanos's army.
- Adaptation Name Change: He's known as Black Dwarf in the comics, with Cull Obsidian being another name for the Black Order itself.
- All There in the Script: Only named in the credits.
- Always a Bigger Fish: The biggest member of the Black Order, Cull Obsidian is killed in Endgame by the even bigger Giant-Man when the latter crushes him with his foot.
- An Arm and a Leg: Wong cuts off one of his arms with a Portal Cut early in the movie. By the time he reappears, he's replaced it with a prosthetic.
- An Axe to Grind: He wields a grappling hook/axe hybrid in battle.
- Artificial Limbs: After losing his hand in battle, he has replaced with one made of metal.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: In the Final Battle in Endgame, hes the first of the Black Order to die.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The Big to Ebony Maw's Little.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Cull Obsidian has one hidden inside his gauntlet.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: His complete lack of dialogue and screen time and unremarkable design can distract one from the fact that he's far more dangerous than the rest of Thanos's five children put together. If not for the Hulkbuster (which he would have quickly beaten without Banner tricking him) and Thor he very well might have been able to slaughter the entire heroic opposition in the final battle. Averted with his 2014 version that is killed very easily.
- The Brute: He's basically the powerhouse of the Black Order, a hulking and brutish behemoth who is the physically largest character in the film (even standing a full head taller than Thanos himself). He appears to be by far Thanos's strongest minion — while Maw was cut by a small spike thrown at him and Corvus and Proxima both backed down when threatened with pistols, Obsidian can fight the Hulkbuster on even ground and smack around Nanosuit Iron Man like nothing. He was also confident about taking on the Hulk when it appeared Thanos was having trouble with him.
- Cruel and Unusual Death:
- In Infinity War, Banner uses the Hulkbuster's dismembered arm to shoot Cull at Wakanda's forcefield and drag him along it until they both explode.
- In Endgame, Spider-Man web-pulls him under Giant-Man, who squashes him flat. He is also the only one of the Black Order to die before the end of the war.
- Evil Counterpart: Very much one to the Hulk. He's even defeated by Bruce, using the Hulkbuster.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Though he rarely speaks, his voice is the deepest of any character in the film when he does.
- Either/Or Offspring: Cull is revealed to be this as the Infinity War concept art book confirms that Cull and Corvus Glaive are biological brothers (much like in the comic) and that their parents were different species resulting in them looking different — Corvus resembles their father, while Cull resembles their mother.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: He only wears armor on his right shoulder.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: One of Cull's go-to moves is to bind his opponent's limbs together with the grappling hook part of his weapon. Luckily for Bruce Banner, the Hulkbuster suit was designed with similar capabilities, allowing Bruce to Punch Catch Cull's hand with a severed suit arm, then activate the arm's thrusters to send Cull flying into Wakanda's energy shield.
- Hooks and Crooks: The grappling hook part of his hook/axe hybrid.
- Implacable Man: Cull shrugs off most of the heroes' attempts at stopping him, and he's only defeated initially by Wong using a portal to send him far away from the fight.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's basically the Hulk if he were on the other team, and skilled with a weapon to boot.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: He wields a deployable one during his scuffle against Iron Man to protect himself from the repulsor beams.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: He never stops to taunt in battle unlike the rest of his siblings. There's no point in talking mid-battle if your opponent can't understand it.
- One-Man Army: Effortlessly plows through lots and lots of Wakandans by himself and flattens Iron Man's newest suit, requiring Spider-Man to pull a Big Damn Heroes save.
- The Quiet One: He doesn't have much to say beyond grunts and roars.
- Reality Has No Subtitles: None of what he says is ever translated.
- Squashed Flat: In Endgame, a Cull Obsidian from 2014 is killed when Giant-Man steps on him.
- Super Strength: He is able to easily overpower Iron Man's new nanosuit and is getting the better of the Hulkbuster before Banner tricks him.
- Super Toughness: Dude is ungodly tough. Remember that new hand cannon Iron Man showed off that was capable of killing the superhuman Drax? Cull gets shot by six of them at once, shrugs it off, and starts kicking Tony's ass across New York.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Cull Obsidian's weapon is part axe, part grappling hook, part hammer and part shield.
- Unexplained Recovery: A geographical version. It isn't explained how Cull Obsidian was able to meet back up with Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight after getting stranded after a Portal Cut and Ebony Maw bailing on him; plus, it's never discussed where he got a mechanical hand after he lost it in said Portal Cut.
- The Unintelligible: Cull Obsidian speaks an untranslated alien language, when he bothers to speak at all. And said language doesn't even sound like words, but rather like growls and roars.
Appearances: The Avengers | Guardians of the Galaxy | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Spider-Man: Homecoming | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame
A mysterious race of cyborg aliens in the employment of Loki and the Other. They invade Earth in The Avengers, and serve as Thanos's foot soldiers in his conquests.
- Adaptational Wimp: They lack the ability to shapeshift like they do in the comics, which makes them far less capable of carrying out invasions.
- Alien Blood: It's purple.
- Always Chaotic Evil: As Thor notes, they exist solely to wage war and chaos.
- Another Dimension: Or at least a "new universe", if Erik Selvig's comment in The Avengers is anything to go by.
- Arm Cannon: The cannons that some of the Chitauri have (including the eponymous Item 47) seem to be fit around their arms to fire one-handed. They, however, do not seem to actually be the arm, since an arm falls out when Captain America chops it off of one of them.
- Awesome Personnel Carrier: Their main transport is the Leviathan, a gigantic flying serpent-like creature that carries hundreds of soldiers and can fly through skyscrapers. It takes huge amounts of explosive or electrical damage to put one down. Or one Hulk punch and several Stark missiles.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: They don't appear to have any problem flying around in space on open-topped speeders.
- Bayonet Ya: Their infantry sport them on their rifles.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: They appear to come from a planet that uses electrical currents in a similar way to bodily fluids. This is demonstrated when Coulson's team encounters a Chitauri virus that is transferred between infected via static shock, and need the antidote to do so as well.
- Blood Knight: They grow restless when denied war. The tactical problems with this are summed up in a deleted scene:
- Boom Stick: Their standard infantry blast lances seem to be staves with the ability to fire out purple blasts of energy.
- Canon Immigrant: While the Chitauri are (very loosely) based on an alien race in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, it's this version of them that's making the leap into the classic Marvel Universe.
- Continuity Cameo:
- A Chitauri makes an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, in Knowhere, trapped in a case as part of the Collector's collection.
- A recovered Chitauri helmet plays a major role in one of the first episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where it turns out to contain a dormant alien virus.
- Their metal is revealed in Luke Cage (2016) to have been repurposed into the Judas bullet.
- Chitauri remains and numerous Chitauri equipment turns up in Spider-Man: Homecoming, with all of Vulture's gang using it to forge their technology. Most notably are Chitauri power cells which play a key role in the film's plot.
- The Chitauri appear in a flashback in Avengers: Infinity War as the army Thanos used to conquer the Zen Whoberi planet and exterminate half its population, although within the film itself they've been supplanted by the Outriders as Thanos's main Mooks. Nevertheless, they're shown to still serve him at least as deckhands for his ships.
- They appear again in Avengers: Endgame, once again fighting as part of Thanos's armies on both an unnamed planet in 2014, and then again on Earth in the finale.
- Cyborg: They clearly have both mechanical and organic parts, and shut down when their command ship is destroyed.
- Decomposite Character: In the Ultimate Marvel comics, the Chitauri first debuted as a Darker and Edgier take on the Skrulls, and were later implied to be an offshoot or rogue faction of that race. In the MCU, the Skrulls and Chitauri don't appear to have any connection.
- Dem Bones: Their appearance invokes skeletons.
- The Dreaded: Heavily implied to be this. After the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. succeed in destroying their small invasion force, the Other becomes 100% convinced that no one can challenge Earth's might — even his boss, the "most powerful being in the universe." Said boss relishes the challenge.
- Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: A single nuclear warhead to their mothership halts the entire invasion. Though as noted by the framed newspaper in Karen Page's office, hundreds were still killed before this happened.
- Expy: Of Darkseid's Parademons. Which is fitting, since their leader was originally designed as a Darkseid expy.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Three varieties. One is fired from a thin spear/rifle used by Chitauri foot soldiers. The other from a powerful Arm Cannon that's carried by Chitauri commanders and units riding in hovercraft. The third is a cannon semi-automatic mounted on the nose of their speeders, roughly analogous to a small Grenade Launcher. All fire blue colored plasma bolts.
- Humanoid Aliens: Barring the freaky double-thumbs and evil-looking skull-faces.
- Keystone Army: Taking out their command ship shuts them down.
- Made of Explodium: Their space chariots blow up in a brilliant fireball when struck by anything from small grenades on a stick to repulsor shots to 7.62x51mm minigun rounds.
- Martyrdom Culture: As pointed out by Loki, "welcoming a glorious death" is not helpful for an army.
- Mooks: Not the worst ever, not the best ever, but certainly numerous.
- Mook Mobile: Their main aircraft, called 'chariots' by the art book, are open-topped, unarmored, distinctly subsonic, lightly armed with only a small Plasma Cannon Grenade Launcher, and solidly Made of Explodium, as well as pretty common. They get wasted en masse by the Avengers. Hawkeye succeeds in shooting down several of them with nothing but a Quinjet and armed with a GAU-17/A minigun, prowling the skies more or less unopposed until Loki himself takes it down with a lucky shot from his scepter.
- Nightmare Face: Vaguely birdlike under metal masks.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: According to a deleted scene in Avengers: Endgame, the Chitauri are actually considered to be an incredibly weak army by the galaxy's standards. In fact, even Rocket of all people knows that they can neutralized quickly if their mothership is destroyed, and scoffs at the idea that the Avengers fought them for a whopping three hours. This being a deleted scene, its canonicity is in doubt, especially since the Other expresses precisely the opposite opinion in their debut film, being flabbergasted that anyone could beat them and declaring that anyone capable of such would bring certain death to any challengers.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Everyone is fair game in their rampage across Manhattan.
- Outside-Context Problem: To the Avengers. Even Thor has no idea where they're from, or who they really work for.Thor: They're not of Asgard, nor any world known.
Steve: [flatly] An army. From outer space.
- That being said, a deleted scene from Avengers: Endgame shows that Rocket knows about the Chitauri, and considers them "the suckiest army in the galaxy" who can easily be defeated by simply blowing up the mothership.
- Outside-Genre Foe: The human Avengers are used to fighting other humans armed with comic-book science. An army of alien cyborgs storming Manhattan? Not so much.Steve: Stark, are you seeing this?
Tony: Seeing. Still working on believing...
- Small Role, Big Impact: They only really serve as a threat for one movie, but they have huge repercussions that are felt for years to come.
- While the Avengers stopped their invasion, they still caused lots of human casualties and immense amounts of damage. The cleanup process is still going years afterwards.
- Much of Tony Stark's behavior in the later films (such as building the Iron Legion in Iron Man 3 and Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron) stems from his fear that the Chitauri (or a similar extraterrestrial threat) could make another play for Earth.Tony: A hostile alien army came charging through a hole in space — we're standing 300 feet below it. We're the Avengers. We can bust arms dealers all the livelong day, but that up there? That's the endgame. How were you guys planning on beating that?
- Daredevil (2015): The damage from the invasion helps Wilson Fisk rise to power.
- Luke Cage (2016): Hammer Industries manages to get its hands on Chitauri metal, which get fashioned into the Judas bullets that are able to harm Luke Cage.
- In Spider-Man: Homecoming, it's revealed that the cleanup for the Chitauri Invasion is still occurring nearly 4-8 years later (the movie says 8, but only 4 years passed in the actual MCU chronology). After Adrian Toomes' cleanup crew go out of business, they use their salvaged Chitauri equipment to fashion their own technology, from the Vulture Exo-suit to the Shocker's gauntlet. One of the Chitauri energy cores also ends up detonating in the wrong place and wrong time, forcing Spider-Man to rescue his classmates.
- Ret-Canon: In Hunger, the Ultimate Universe's Chitauri's true forms are revealed to look more like the versions from the movie.
- Super Strength: Able to dig into concrete with their fingers and grapple with Captain America.
- Super Toughness: Able to leap from buildings onto cars hard enough to crumple their roofs.
- Suspiciously Small Army: No more than a few hundred Chitauri are ever visible on-screen in total, even after Loki orders them to "send in the rest." Even when we get a look at their home dimension with the rest of the invasion force, we only see eight additional Leviathans, a few dozen flyers, and a mothership that is not particularly huge and couldn't possibly hold more than tens of thousands of additional troops at most. This makes their desire to conquer an entire planet with hundreds of millions of soldiers quite questionable. Possibly Justified by the Other and Loki being ill-informed of Earth's capabilities and small armies being the norm in the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's civilizations; the Asgardians for instance were considered a mighty military power, and Thor: Ragnarok depicts their entire army as numbering only a few hundred in the scene where it gets slaughtered by Hela. Endgame doubles down when it shows what's probably the entire remaining Chitauri race in the epic final battle- and it's no more than a few thousand troops.
- Unskilled, but Strong: To ridiculous levels. While they are decent shots, except for one getting Cap in a chokehold, they are absolutely worthless in physical combat to the point that a Badass Normal can beat them. Even Hulk's fighting is more refined.
- Unusual User Interface: Their flying craft are piloted by a soldier connected to some kind of metal harness.
- Zerg Rush: They only pose a threat to a well-equipped fighting force like the Avengers through sheer overwhelming numbers and utter lack of self-preservation, a strategy that somewhat displeases Loki.
Appearances: The Avengers (2012) | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Spiderman Homecoming | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame
Intergalactic beasts employed as warships by the Chitauri.
Appearances: Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame
A synthetic race of genetically engineered aliens employed by Thanos as shock troops to invade Earth during his search for the Infinity Stones.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, Outriders had powers like tactile telepathy, invisibility, density control, and were more intelligent as they were capable of speech and carrying out complex tasks involving stealth. These Outriders are like wild animals, only capable of attacking everything on sight and don't display any other powers.
- All There in the Script: Only named in the credits.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Subverted. Their initial strategy is to charge recklessly and kill anything in their path. When they tear themselves apart trying to breach Wakanda's shield, they change their tactic to circle around the shield and attack the building keeping Vision, their primary target. And when Thor proves to be too powerful for them to handle, they begin running back to their ships which implies they have a level of self-preservation, unlike the Chitauri.
- The Berserker: They attack heedless of their own safety, literally cutting themselves to pieces trying to breach Wakanda's shield.
- Colony Drop: Their vessels are launched as giant projectiles from the Black Order' Q-Ships and as soon as they land, they proceed to tear apart and overwhelm everything on sight. The Outriders seem capable of piloting the ships back to space, however.
- Elite Mooks: Thanos's newest foot soldiers. Even though they don't appear to wield weapons or man vehicles like the Chitauri did, they are still far stronger, meaner, uglier, and more dangerous than their forebears, as seen when they start giving the Hulkbuster some trouble. And they are not a Keystone Army this time around.
- Eyeless Face: They lack any visible eyes◊ in their faces.
- Humanoid Aliens: They are bipeds and have a basic humanoid figure except for the extra arm set. That is where the similarities with humans end.
- Made of Plasticine: Clint effortlessly cuts one clean in half with a single lazy swing from a his small, thin blade. Also, single gut shots from Bucky's SAW have them dropping (presumably from shock) on the spot. In some ways they're actually more fragile than regular humans.
- Mook Horror Show: Thor with Stormbreaker gives them such a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown that they attempt to run from rather than fight him. Thor destroys all of the alien ships with them. Considering that Thanos is a Bad Boss, and that Thanos would kill anyone who has failed him, it implies that they would rather die by Thanos's hand than by Thor's.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Each Outrider has a maw full of razor-sharp fangs.Sam Wilson: You see the teeth on those things?!
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: They possess at least two sets of arms. Some actually have three.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Even though the Chitauri wielded guns, piloted air-bikes, and had Leviathans to help, the Outriders don't need those since they are individually stronger, far more numerous, and nearly manage to overwhelm Wakanda's Badass Army, which has the greatest technology on Earth and has never been defeated. A single Outrider manages to give a lot of trouble to Captain America, and Black Panther nearly gets torn apart by several of them, only being saved by his suit.
- We Have Reserves: As Proxima Midnight attests in her boast to the heroes, they have plenty of soldiers and they are not afraid to shed their blood by the gallons to win.
- Xenomorph Xerox: Their hunched posture, fanged mouths, eyeless faces, and savage nature call the Xenomorphs to mind.
- Zerg Rush: Much like the Chitauri, they use their massive numbers to overwhelm their opponents and don't seem to employ any more advanced tactics. The final battle of Infinity War starts them with charging Wakanda's force-field en masse, and continuing to ram into it even as it shocks and kills many of them.
- See "Native Sakaarans" in Cosmic page
Species: Chitauri Gorillas
Appearances: Avengers: Endgame
Large creatures commanded by the Chitauri.
- Canon Foreigner: They have no counterpart in the comic books
- Giant Mook: They are large war beasts enslaved by the Chitauri
- Expy: Of cave trolls in the Lord of the Rings movies.
- Faceless Mooks: Their heads are covered in armor plating.
- Fake Ultimate Mook: Despite being big and intimidating, they don't appear to be armed with anything besides Super Strength, and their Armor Is Useless. They score no notable kills in the final battle, and at one point Falcon effortlessly kills one by stabbing it with his carbon fiber wings (''after' knocking it over by bowling into it). It's not exactly surprising that they weren't deemed worth sending to Earth the first time around.
- Killer Space Monkey: A more animalistic variety.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Alien cyborg gorillas.
- See the Loki page
Ronan the Accuser
Portrayed By: Lee Pace
Voiced By: Rubén Moya (Latin-American Spanish dub), Juan Fernández Mejías (European Spanish dub), Hiroshi Shimokuma (Japanese dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Captain Marvel
A Kree fanatic who insists on staying true to the old ways of his people... particularly their code of vendetta. When the peace treaty between the Kree and Xandar is signed at the beginning of the movie, he goes rogue.
- Achilles' Heel: Ronan is virtually unstoppable. His hammer, on the other hand, isn't. It also happens to be where he carries the Power Stone.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, The Accuser is an officially sanctioned Judge, Jury, and Executioner and Ronan carries out his duties as a ruthless By-the-Book Cop at worst — while not exactly a heroic character, he remains loyal to the Kree Empire, only acting under orders or within his legal remit, and even serving as an occasional ally to the heroes if an alliance is in their common interests. Here, he's a savagely brutal renegade and a genocidal terrorist who continues the Empire's war against Xandar despite the peace treaty between them — although it's implied that certain Kree authorities unofficially approve. Ultimate Ronan is closer to this portrayal of the character, but even in Ultimate Marvel, Ronan was loyal to Thanos (who, in that continuity, was his father). Here, Ronan obviously loathes the Mad Titan and turns on him at the earliest opportunity.
- Aggressive Categorism:
- Ronan hates all Xandarians and wants to eradicate them because they are a disease.
- He also calls the Skrulls "infestation".
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Once he's dead, Xandar celebrates his demise.
- Arch-Enemy: Serves as this for Drax, since he had his family killed by the Kree warrior. After Ronan's defeat, Drax focuses on fighting Thanos.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the unquestioned leader of his faction and also the most powerful.
- Ax-Crazy: He was very enthusiastic about destroying Xandar, and according to Drax, Ronan laughed as he murdered Drax's family.
- Bad Boss: In Captain Marvel, we see that he is horrid towards his own subordinates, the Starforce, berating and belittling them for their failure that cost them Carol.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is very deep and intimidating.
- Badass Boast:
- He delivers one to Drax in their first fight:Ronan: I don't recall killing your family. I doubt I'll remember killing you, either.
- Delivers quite a good one to Thanos after betraying him:Ronan: I will unfurl one thousand years of Kree justice on Xandar, AND BURN IT TO ITS CORE! And then, Thanos, I'm coming for you.
- He delivers a rather terrifying one to the Nova Corps:Ronan: Xandar! You stand accused! Your wretched peace treaty will not save you now! It is the tinder on which you burn!
- He delivers one to Drax in their first fight:
- Badass in Charge: Leader of his renegade faction. He's also able to beat Drax the Destroyer all on his own and slaughters over 80,000 members of the Nova Corps during the Final Battle.
- Badass Longcoat: His ceremonial armour and robes resemble one.
- Bald of Evil: A brief scene near the beginning of the film shows Ronan to be bald.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Prior to equipping his Universal Weapon with the Power Stone he only uses it to execute a restrained captive. In his fight with Drax he shows he unarmed combat expertise by effortlessly pummelling him with only his bare hands.
- Big Bad: Ronan is the main antagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy, with his search for the Orb and goal of destroying Xandar causing him to come into conflict with the main characters.
- Blood Bath: It's implied he regularly bathes in Xandarian blood, and it's how he's introduced.
- Blow You Away: His warhammer can project shockwaves of varying intensity and size, large enough to knock several people off their feet without otherwise harming them or small and powerful enough to cause a Neck Snap. After the hammer has been imbedded with the Power Stone, it could produce a shockwave powerful enough to completely dismantle the Nova Corps' blockade of the Dark Aster in a single blow.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He doesn't quite remember killing Drax's family when they first fight, though he apparently managed to recall it by the time they meet again in the finale, although he may have been lying about remembering in order to taunt Drax. The commentary for Infinity War seems to point to the latter, as it was stated Drax's family was part of the unlucky half. Averted with his encounter with Carol Danvers though. Ronan makes it clear that her shredding his fleet and costing him the battle over Earth was not going to be one of those "forgetable" incidents.
- Cartoonish Supervillainy: And how. His simple genocidal motives (already done to death in many works of fiction), his unequivocal cruelty to everyone and everything and his ridiculously over-the-top demeanor fit this trope to a tee.
- The Comically Serious: He's just finishing up his big evil speech and preparing to fulfill his dream of Xandar's destruction when Star-Lord challenges him to a dance-off. This was an... unanticipated event which elicited a genuinely puzzled reaction from Ronan.
- Composite Character: Closer to the prime universe Ronan in appearance, but his villainy and connection to Thanos come from the Ultimate version.
- Cool Starship: Ronan commands the Dark Aster, a massive warship. He uses it as some sort of personal temple to execute the Xandarian at the beginning and, at the climax, he uses it to attack Xandar itself. The ship's similar design to Thanos's flagship, the Sanctuary II, suggests that Ronan's warship was provided by the Mad Titan.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: They seem to be a common trait for the Kree.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Ronan easily defeats Drax in their "fight" on Knowhere.
- Dark Is Evil: He wears black clothing and black make-up, his soldiers wear black uniforms, Ronan commands the massive, intimidating black warship Dark Aster, and when in possession of the Infinity Stone, his hammer glows purple. Ronan fulfills this trope like no villain since Darth Vader.
- Darth Vader Clone: Intimidating black armour, equally intimidating voice, hammy yet stoic demeanor, incredibly badass, nigh-unstoppable combatant, and a Dragon with an Agenda to the Greater-Scope Villain. But, he's as far from an Anti-Villain as you can possibly get and is a straight up Hate Sink on account of his disgustingly vile treatment of Xandarians, murder of women and children.
- Deal with the Devil: He made a pact with Thanos, offering to find the Orb in exchange for Thanos wiping out Xandar. As soon as he finds out that the Orb contains an Infinity Stone with the power to do just that, he turns on Thanos the first chance he gets.
- Death from Above: Ronan's favored method of attack is launching Kree Ballistic Missles to snuff out and annihilate enemies. In Guardians Of The Galaxy, since he didn't have access to those anymore, he instead has Immolation Protocol, wherein kamikaze squadrons dive onto the surface of planets, which are not as powerful as the former, but accomplish the same effect.
- Defector from Decadence: Falls somewhere between here and My Species Doth Protest Too Much. He, along with several other members of his race, are not pleased their government is just rolling over after years of lost lives to war with the Xandarians with a mere peace treaty. Rather than just riot like the rest of his disgruntled folk, he takes matters into his own hands and begins violently crusading on his own terms to get his own brand of justice against Xandar.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Ronan declaring he will kill Thanos is practically daring Thanos to try and stop him. This insolence did not sit well for Thanos in the long run.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Ronan kills the Other just for annoying him. He also hates the Xandarians because his father and grandfather died in the Kree Empire's war with them. Ronan's response? Try to commit genocide against the Xandarians and wipe their culture from the face of the galaxy. Ronan does not handle grief well.
- The Dragon: To the Supreme Intelligence back while he was still the Kree Grand Accuser, and was effectively the Judge, Jury, and Executioner of the Kree Empire.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Even before betraying Thanos, he makes it damn clear he only works for the Mad Titan because of his promise to destroy Xandar. He's Thanos's prime agent in hunting the Infinity Stone but he doesn't even speak to him respectfully.
- The Dreaded: No one wants to be on Ronan's bad side. Upon hearing the Accuser's name, the Broker freaks out and refuses to have anything to do with the Orb. It's also part of the reason why the Kree Empire does not want to deal with him — because he's that dangerous. Only Drax, Thanos and Carol ever directly encounter Ronan without expressing any fear of him. In Drax's case, his rage and sheer hatred for Ronan overpower any fear of the Accuser, Thanos's attitude towards the Kree zealot is downright dismissive and Carol destroyed one of his Accuser battle cruiser's and all of its fighters minutes and didn't even attempt to fight him as he ran away.
- Drop the Hammer: Much like in the comics, he wields a warhammer known as a "Universal Weapon".
- Establishing Character Moment: Bathing in Xandarian blood, speaking at length about his adherence to the ancient ways of the Kree and his hatred for the entire Xandarian culture, making it clear that the peace treaty between the Kree Empire and the Nova Corps means nothing to him, before brutally executing a captive Nova Corps officer.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played with. He mentions having lost his father, grandfather and great-grandfather to a war with Xandar. But unlike most examples, this does not humanize him or make him sympathetic in the slightest, and it's implied he's just using a cover for his own sadism.
- Evil Costume Switch: Not that he wasn't evil beforehand, but in Captain Marvel, he wears his traditional green uniform back when he was still the Kree Accuser. By the time of Guardians of The Galaxy, he switches to a black uniform after leaving the Kree Empire with red marks, and adds black warpaint.
- Evil Gloating: Loves doing this. It backfires since it gives Rocket the time to build a weapon to take him out.
- Evil Is Hammy: Ye Celestials is he ever. Every time Lee Pace gets a chance to really let loose with Ronan's evil monologues, particularly after he becomes drunk with power from the Infinity Stone, Ronan eats and chews the scenery with aplomb with unrelentingly bombastic speeches over how he shall destroy Xandar and every living thing on it. Ironically, the one time Ronan is off-guard, he lets the hamminess slip entirely and speaks like a normal, confused guy. To quote Lee Pace's description of his own performance:Lee Pace: I kept looking over at James Gunn saying, "Is it too much? Am I over the top? Pull me back whenever you're ready!" and he was just like, "More, more!"
- Evil Is Petty: Ronan killed the Other just for being annoying, and, when betraying Thanos, he recalls the Mad Titan's previous insult (namely, referring to Ronan as "boy"), indicating that he took the relatively minor remark very personally.
- Evil Plan: Destroy Xandar and wipe out its culture because a long war that was supposed to do that has been halted by a peace treaty.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Lee Pace's naturally deep, imposing voice only sounds more intimidating when combined with his booming, hammy dialogue.
- Evil Wears Black: Ronan, as well as his soldiers, wears black armour.
- Eviler Than Thou: Two-fold
- Captain Marvel establishes the Kree military to be power-hungry and willing to slaughter innocents to the point of genocide and even their depiction in Guardians of the Galaxy has them unsympathetic to the Xandarians being purged. Ronan, however, is shown to be a cut above the normal soldier, he's domineering, abusive, and far more willing to resort to indiscriminate killings. He even defects from the Kree because he hated that they would seek peace with Xandar instead of exterminating them.
- Ronan almost ended up pulling this on his master Thanos; Thanos is a Well-Intentioned Extremist who believes in saving races from extinction by taking half the population, but Ronan sought complete genocide of an entire race out of pure hatred and lacks any of his master's redeeming qualities, and decides to turn on him when he realizes the orb contains an Infinity Stone. Of course, he's killed before he gets the chance to get the knock on his boss.
- Fantastic Racism:
- Ronan despises the Xandarians and their culture to the point of regarding both as a disease. When a captive Nova officer defiantly proclaims that Ronan will never rule Xandar, Ronan has a rather brutal response:
- While reporting to Thanos, Ronan dismissively refers to Quill as "some primitive", implying that Ronan doesn't think especially highly of humans, either.
- And finally, he despises the Skrulls just like the rest of his people.
- Felony Misdemeanor: He went rogue because his people and the people of Xandar were going to sign a peace treaty after a millennium of conflict.
- Former Regime Personnel: While the Kree Empire doesn't collapse, Ronan broke away from its official command structure to become a rogue agent and terrorist and strike at the Nova Empire on his own.
- Freudian Excuse: His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all killed in the Kree/Xandarian war. While this doesn't justify Ronan's actions in the slightest, he does bring it up twice as a reason for his hatred towards the Xandarians. If Captain Marvel was of any indication, this was one of the Kree's several unjust wars, making this excuse fall flat. In other words, he's blaming the Xandarians over a war he and his people started.
- The Fundamentalist: Ronan adheres to "the ancient laws" of the Kree with an incredible fervour. He even refers to the impending destruction of Xandar as his victims' "salvation".
- Green and Mean: Back when he was the Grand Accuser, he and his Accuser Corp had green uniforms.
- Hate Sink: It's very clear that this version of Ronan is meant to be as contemptible to the audience as much as possible; his casual sadism, flagrant disregard of his people's peace treaty, genocidal hatred of Xandarians, proclivity for torture, and monstrously cruel nature are all his most outwardly visible character traits, and there really isn't much else lurking beneath the surface. While the bulk of the characters in the film are morally grey, Ronan is pure, unrepentant, unrelenting evil. As such, he comes off as too disgusting to fall under Evil Is Cool. In light of his master Thanos's tragic backstory, Ronan ends up making the Mad Titan himself look like a saint by comparison. It's really saying something if Thanos and his followers detest him. In Captain Marvel, where the Kree are given focus, he doesn't even care about his own people; he does nothing but show disrespect, threatening and berating the Kree Starforce for their failures, and even Yon-Rogg despises Ronan for nuking planets indiscriminately. That being said, Ronan was even willing to lay waste to a planet where billions of human lives and loyal Kree are present to eradicate innocent Skrulls.
- Healing Factor: While never directly touched upon in the film, the Kree in the MCU are confirmed to have regenerative capabilities. This goes a long way to help explain why he's just so damn resilient.
- The Heavy: Ronan is the most prominent villain and main mover of the plot in the first ''Guardians of the Galaxy" film, although Thanos is a more powerful force of evil.
- In Captain Marvel, Ronan claims to believe in the Empire's credo of "for the good of all Kree". In practice, he's fine with carpet bombing a planet that has several Kree officers on it, and abandons his fellow Kree without turning an eye when the going gets rough.
- For all Ronan's insistence that he's acting for "Kree justice" and that he follows the ancient laws of his people, in practice, he doesn't give a damn about loyalty to anything but himself, deserting from the Kree Empire the instant they make a decision that he doesn't agree with.
- It's All About Me: He personally hates Xandarians so he sees himself as justified in annihilating the entire race. Further considerations don't really enter into his reasoning. In fact, he's willing to kill of his own people as collateral.
- Jerkass: In addition to being a genocidal murderer, Ronan is also just an asshole as seen by his taunting of Drax and his blunt, abrasive demeanour with everyone else. It's clear that Thanos doesn't like him on a personal level and wouldn't work with him if he could avoid it. Captain Marvel shows this isn't a new trend; Ronan has no qualms about laying waste to an entire planet that, as far as he knows has several loyal Kree still on it, and he departs without a hint of concern for the fates of his erstwhile comrades.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Ronan is an extremely ruthless, tyrannical ex-accuser of the Kree Empire, willing to kill Xandarians because they are a disease to his people.
- The Juggernaut: He stood up to a beating from Drax with barely a twitch and withstood a missile launch, being rammed with the Milano, and the crash of the Dark Aster without any more than his armour getting burnt. In the end, it took an Infinity Stone (a weapon that, keep in mind, Ronan was going to use to wipe out a planet) to kill Ronan.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: After years of exterminating innocent populations such as the Skrulls, enslaving other races and threatening Xandarians, Ronan finally gets what was coming to him at the end of Guardians of The Galaxy.
- Karmic Death: Ronan sought to burn Xandar with the Power Stone. Moments later, he's killed with the exact amount of overwhelming power he wanted to bring in Xandar.
- Kick the Dog: Ronan is a rather cruel being, to say the least.
- He orders that the Kyln be "cleansed" so that the Nova Corps would be unable to discover his search for the Orb.
- His comment towards Drax after defeating him on Knowhere.Ronan: I don't recall killing your family. I doubt I'll remember killing you, either.
- While choking Drax on the bridge of the Dark Aster, he has another one.Ronan: I was mistaken; I do remember your family. Their screams were pitiful.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He kills the Other after getting sick of listening to his annoying yelling.
- Knight of Cerebus: Outside of the Not So Stoic moment listed below, none of the scenes with him are played for laughs.
- Ronan's sole comedic moment actually highlights his status as this even better. Ronan is a villain arguably better suited for a darker Marvel movie, and he spends most of his time darkening every scene he's in. But when the heroes finally wise up and start to get up to their usual antics in front of him, Ronan is utterly baffled because he cannot understand this comedic sort of tone. The contrast between Ronan's dramatic darkness and the Guardians' comedic banter is best highlighted in this single scene.
- Knight Templar: Ronan views himself as being in judgement of the Xandarians and all who oppose him. To Ronan, destroying Xandar, murdering everyone on the planet, and obliterating the Xandarian culture isn't genocide, it's curing a disease.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After Captain Marvel tears one of his ships to pieces, Ronan wisely orders his remaining ships to return to Kree space, although he's clearly taken an interest in Carol.
- Lack of Empathy: Even by Kree standards, he's brutal towards others, Kree included.
- Large and in Charge: He's played by 6"5 Lee Pace and is the main villain of the first ''Guardians of the Galaxy" film.
- Large Ham: An enormous one, to Asgardian levels. To quote Lee Pace's description of his own performance:Lee Pace: I kept looking over at James Gunn saying, "Is it too much? Am I over the top? Pull me back whenever you're ready!" and he was just like, "More, more!"
- Lean and Mean: Ronan is played by Lee Pace◊ who did not bulk up for the role and has completely ordinary looking musculature. Drax is played by a perpetually shirtless Dave Bautista◊. Even before Ronan gets the Infinity Gem, he utterly wipes the floor with Drax and doesn't even use his hammer to do it
- Marquee Alter Ego: Unlike the comic, this Ronan wears traditional warpaint in Guardians of the Galaxy instead of a mask. Even when he was Grand Accuser, his uniform lacks a mask.
- Moral Myopia: Ronan wants to destroy Xandar to avenge the deaths of his father, grandfather and further ancestors who were killed fighting the Xandarians. When he pays any thought to the countless innocents he slaughtered including Drax's family, Ronan's proud of his good work.
- Motive Rant: He delivers one to a captive Nova officer, during his Establishing Character Moment.Ronan: They call me terrorist. Radical. Zealot. Because I obey the ancient laws of my people, the Kree, and punish those who do not. Because I do not forgive your people for taking the life of my father, and his father, and his father before him! A thousand years of war between us will not be forgotten!
Nova officer: You can't do this! Our governments signed a peace treaty!
Ronan: My government knows no shame. You Xandarians and your culture are a disease.
Nova officer: You will never rule Xandar.
Ronan: No. I WILL CURE IT!
- Moral Sociopathy: Ronan sincerely believes half of the things he does genuinely are what Kree Law dictates.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Super Villain in this case but the fact remains that his outfit in the movie in black as opposed to the traditional green from the comics. Even his previous green uniform in Captain Marvel is pretty muted in color.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He is Ronan The Accuser, and the mention of his name brings fear to Xandarians.
- Near-Villain Victory: The mission to stop him is actually a failure. Thousands of Nova Corps men and ships were lost, the Dark Aster makes planetfall (albeit on a one-way trip) and causes catastrophic damage both by itself and the ships that plowed into the city before it landed, and Ronan stands with his weapon at the ready to stab it to the ground and eliminate all organic life on the entire planet. The only thing that impedes him is his own Evil Gloating and Quill coming up with a last-ditch distraction that gives Rocket enough time to jury-rig a weapon to destroy his hammer.
- Neck Lift: Easily lifts Drax (who's massive) by the throat with one hand.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Getting punched repeatedly by Drax? Psssht. Getting shot with an improvised BFG? An annoyance. Getting hit by a small starship? A minor inconvenience. Going down with his own ship? A slightly bigger inconvenience. It takes the power of the Infinity Stone, which can destroy a planet, to put him down for good. Even then, it took a few seconds for the stone's power to destroy Ronan, which is a further testament to how tough the guy is; every other victim of the stone, except Quill, was disintegrated almost instantly. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. demonstrates that the Kree are at least reasonably close to Asgardians in terms of physical prowess and possess a potent Healing Factor, which would explain at least some of Ronan's ridiculous toughness. The fact that he's being empowered by the Power Stone for more than half these examples would explain the rest.
- No-Sell: Exactly one of Drax's blows made Ronan react. Everything else just didn't faze him. He then went on to take a missile to the chest and walked away with dented armor, was rammed by a starship and knocked out for only a minute, and survived his own starship crash-landing with no protection. It took a concerted discharge from the Infinity Stone to finally destroy him.
- Not So Different: As revealed in Endgame, Thanos's true self and intentions are actually much more similar to Ronan's after he realizes that the universe will never be grateful for his atrocities. This is best shown by how when we first see a past Thanos expressing disdain for Ronan's method to just flat out carpet bomb planets, only to later do the same when his army is losing to the Avengers.
- Not So Similar: Most of the galaxy sees Thanos and Ronan as interchangeable with the exception of Thanos being more powerful. However, while Ronan conquers for revenge, glory, and out of hatred, Thanos sees his actions as a Necessary Evil to ensure stability of the galaxy. However, Endgame reveals that he and Thanos might not be too different after all.
- Not So Stoic: Ronan is genuinely baffled when Quill challenges him to a dance-off. His reaction is the only four words in the entire movie that he delivers non-hammily, though he quickly recovers.Ronan: What are you doing? ...What are you doing?
- No True Scotsman: Ronan is sickened that his government would sign a peace treaty with Xandar, proudly proclaiming that unlike them, he follows the ancient laws of the Kree and punishes those who don't.Ronan: My government knows no shame. You Xandarians and your culture are a disease.
- Obliviously Evil: Unlike most MCU villains, he believes himself to be the most righteous person in this story, but really, he's a genocidal tyrant, an oppressor who can't look at himself in the mirror.
- Obviously Evil: The black armour, intimidating presence, theatrical brutality, and references to "cleansing" his enemies? Yeah, Ronan's pretty bad.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Ronan's pact with Thanos centers around the Mad Titan destroying Xandar for the Kree renegade. Once he gets his hands on the Power Stone, Ronan's more than happy to do the deed himself. Avengers: Infinity War implicitly confirms that Ronan took part in at least one Thanos's planetary cullings during his service to the Mad Titan; it's explicitly mentioned that Drax's homeworld was decimated by Thanos's forces, and it had already been established that Ronan personally murdered Drax's wife and daughter.
- It's Personal: While he shares his people's hate and distrust for the Skrulls, his hatred for Xandar is deeply personal.
- Psychopathic Manchild: According to Thanos, Ronan has the demeanor of a "pouty child", and he even takes offense to it in a rather childish way ("YOU CALL ME BOY!"). Too bad he has also a hellish lust for revenge against an entire planet and kills people wherever he goes.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His black armour features red markings.
- Religion of Evil: It's not fleshed out very much, but Ronan's comments imply that he adheres to a pretty brutal belief system (at the climax, he demands that the Xandarians renounce their "paltry gods" and that his impending genocide is their "salvation").
- The Remnant: He's a rogue officer from the main Kree government, which both doesn't approve or disapprove of his actions, or rather he's a remnant of the Supreme Intelligence's regime, who is no longer in power. However, without the backing of the Kree Empire, Ronan has to rely on Sakaaran mercenaries for minions and is reliant on Thanos's resources to carry out his crusade, making him little more than a glorified henchman to the Mad Titan, at least until he gets his hands on the Power Stone.
- Rogue Agent: Ronan deserted after the Kree Empire signed the peace treaty with the Nova Corps, and they consider him a terrorist. But given that much of the Kree population also opposes the peace treaty, they're at least hesitant to openly condemn his galaxy-wide rampage. It's implied that some of the Kree government actually agrees with him. He becomes one to Thanos as well.
- Sadist: He has no problem with committing genocidal destruction. Drax also comments that Ronan laughed as he murdered Drax's family, and Ronan's frequent Evil Gloating thoroughly demonstrates the pleasure he takes in his genocidal campaign.
- Sanity Slippage: While still a genocidal sociopath, Captain Marvel depicts him as being more calm and collected than the deranged psychopath in Guardians of the Galaxy, but still a complete, callous jerkass to his Kree subordinates.
- Saved by Canon: His appearance in Captain Marvel takes place about 2 decades before his original appearance in Guardians, so he obviously has to survive the former.
- Slasher Smile: He sports a wide one when he sees Quill being overwhelmed by the Infinity Stone's power. It disappears quickly when the other Guardians join Quill and they use its power to destroy Ronan.
- The Sociopath: While he's hinted to have cared for his father and grandfather, his actions clearly show his status as a low-functioning sociopath. Killing families is forgettable for him, he bathes in Xandarian blood regularly, and will Kick the Dog just because. Back in the day, he was more calm and rational about it, but he still had no qualms about bombing the hell out of innocent people in the name of Kree imperialism.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Ronan was just as much of a monster in service to the Kree as he is while working for Thanos, leading his fellow Accusers in bombing planets back to the Stone Age. The only difference is that in those days, he had the backing of his government. Once he forsook his loyalty to the Empire, he set off on a galaxy-wide rampage.
- Socketed Equipment: As he obtains the Infinity Stone inside the Orb, he is able to insert it into his hammer and amplify his powers.
- The Starscream: Betrays Thanos after he finds out what the Orb actually is.
- The Stoic: Ronan is generally completely serious and straight faced. Doesn't stop him from being an incredibly Large Ham, though.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: Not as much as Rocket, but he has his moments.Xandarian: You will never rule Xandar.
Ronan: No... I WILL CURE IT! [smashes the Xandarian's head]
- Super Strength: Even before getting the Power Stone, he tosses Drax about like a ragdoll.
- Super Toughness: Aforementioned nigh-invulnerability aside, Ronan managed the impressive feat of keeping hold of the Power Stone long enough to imbed it in his hammer without killing himself in the process.
- Tautological Templar: As far as he's concerned, he's acting "For The Good Of The Kree" and so anything he does, no matter how horrible it is, is justified by default. Even if it means disregarding the Kree's peace treaty, and directly assaulting Xandar.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Thanos don't get along at all. In the two conversations they have on screen, both feature Thanos making violent death threats and Ronan openly expressing his distaste for the Mad Titan. The only reason they're working together at all is because Ronan depends on Thanos's backing for his army and Thanos relies on Ronan finding the Orb for him. In the end, Ronan betrays and announces his intention to kill Thanos as soon as he has the Power Stone.
- This Cannot Be!: Ronan is in shock when he sees the Guardians harnessing the Infinity Stone's power.Ronan: [horrified] You're mortal! HOW?!
- This Means Warpaint: He applies this in his very first scene in the movie just before starting his private war against the Xandarians.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Ronan was brutal, heartless, and had no qualms with wiping out innocent lives while he served the Kree Empire, but in those days, he was much more calm and reasonable, as well as loyal to the Empire. By the time he's started working for Thanos, he's a rabid fanatic with no loyalty to his own government or his new employer.
- Touch of Death: After he obtains the Orb, he can disintegrated objects by touching them with his staff .
- The Unfettered: Ronan will go to any lengths to see Xandar destroyed, and he's very single-minded in his pursuit. He's willing to abandon his own government, throw in with Thanos, kill scores of people to keep his mission a secret, betray the most powerful being in the universe, and order his troops to make kamikaze runs, all for the sake of wiping out the Xandarian people.
- Underestimating Badassery: Ronan outright announces his intentions to go after Thanos himself when he is done with Xandar. According to Gamora, she thinks that to kill him is impossible, and that was AFTER they had defeated Ronan AND after killing Ego The Living Planet.
- The Unfought: In Captain Marvel, the closest Ronan comes to confronting the title character is staring her down from the observation deck of his warship, although Ronan's clear interest in her power implies that the two of them may have battled at some point.
- Unknown Rival: His attitude to Drax. Drax calls him out and makes a big dramatic You Killed My Father declaration to him... and Ronan turns and walks away, completely uninterested in fighting him. One Curb-Stomp Battle later that Ronan puts the minimum of effort into, he flatly makes it clear to Drax that he has no idea who the hell he is, doesn't remember killing his family and still won't remember any of them after he's done with him too.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By threatening and betraying Thanos, he forced the Mad Titan's hand; Thanos no longer sees it fit to trust his own thralls, causing him to go on a bloodthirsty campaign for the Infinity Stones as shown in the post credits ending of Avengers: Age of Ultron. While the confrontation with Thanos is inevitable, Ronan's actions only sped up the impending threat the Avengers would face in Infinity War.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The film is light-hearted and fun even by the standards of Marvel movies, but whenever Ronan takes the screen the tone shifts dramatically to that of dread and foreboding. His Establishing Character Moment when he literally bathes in the blood of a Xandarian soldier whose skull he crushed shows how great Ronan stands out in an otherwise light-hearted and optimistic film.
- Villain Ball: He never uses the Touch of Death ability, preferring instead to non-lethally blast his opponents several feet away for purposes of gloating.
- Villain Takes an Interest: At the end of Captain Marvel after Ronan witnesses the full power at Carol Danvers' fingertips he orders his men to retreat but notes that he will be back for the weapon. When one of his men asks if he is referring to the power source they came to Earth for, itself an Infinity Stone, Ronan clarifies that he meant the Captain herself.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Despite being a genocidal terrorist, Ronan was popular amongst his people (at least the "purist" Kree). Unsurprising, considering who the Kree are. After his death, the Guardians are declared as criminals to the Kree Empire for killing Ronan.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The 2014 versions of Ronan and Korath notably don't appear among the rest of Thanos's forces at the end of Endgame, making it unclear what happened to them. However, Ronan does get a mention by Thanos.
- Would Hurt a Child: He personally murdered Drax's daughter and laughed about it, and it's unlikely that the children of Xandar were going to be spared from his intended genocide. Nova Prime explicitly states that Ronan has been murdering children during his galaxy-wide rampage against the Nova Empire.
- Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: When he finally remembers Drax's family, he starts to gloat to Drax about his family's death. He doesn't finish due to Rocket's ship crashing into him.
- You Killed My Father: His grandfather and father were killed during the Kree/Xandarian Wars, which motivates him to try and kill every living being on Xandar.
Korath the Pursuer
Portrayed By: Djimon Hounsou
Voiced By: Salvador Reyes (Latin-American Spanish dub), Iñaki Crespo (European Spanish dub), Kenji Nomura (Japanese dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Captain Marvel | What If...?
A former member of the Kree Starforce who became an officer under Ronan.
- Angry Black Man: Most of Korath's lines are either menacing growls or harsh screaming.
- Are These Wires Important?: Drax kills him by ripping out wires that ran along the side of his head.
- Badass Baritone: Djimon Honsou's usual deep voice at work.
- Bald of Evil: A bald Kree fanatic.
- Beard of Evil: A graying goatee to compliment the evil baldness.
- BFG: Wields a pretty massive rifle while trying to retrieve the Orb early in the film. A shot from it is powerful enough to blow a hole clear through a temple wall.
- The Brute: Serves as Ronan's main muscle and ultimately comes to blows with Drax.
- Co-Dragons: With Nebula, to Ronan. Of the two, Korath is far more loyal, but gets less screentime.
- The Comically Serious:
- In Captain Marvel, Korath responds to the rest of Starforce joking around by claiming to be laughing "on the inside". With a perfectly straight face and no semblance of humor.
- He's initially the only one who takes Peter Quill's self-appointed name of "Star-Lord" seriously.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: They seem to be a racial trait for the Kree.
- Cyborg: Has a couple of cybernetic implants protruding from his head. He didn't have the implants while he was still an agent of the Kree Empire.
- Dies Wide Open: After Drax rips his implants out, Korath falls to the ground, eyes still wide open.
- Dual Wielding: During his time with Starforce, Korath wielded two swords.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Korath balks at Ronan's insistence on challenging Thanos out of fear of the Mad Titan.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Not as much as Ronan, but still pretty deep.
- Evil Wears Black: Like all of Ronan's crew, Korath wears black.
- Former Regime Personnel: He was a member of Starforce, but at some point broke away from the official command structure of the Kree Empire to follow Ronan.
- Guttural Growler: He has a very husky voice, evident whenever he shouts.
- Human Aliens: Korath belongs to a subset of the Kree, having a human-like skin tone (black, in Korath's case) instead of blue skin like Ronan.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's strong enough to fight Drax on equal terms, and fast enough to catch up to Quill on foot when Quill had rocketed away to safety using his jet boots after shrugging off a double blast to the chest from Star-Lord's quad-blasters.
- Race Lift: Is black rather than blue.
- Rogue Agent: Like Ronan, Korath was a member of the Kree military before deserting to join the Accuser in his genocidal crusade.
- Scary Black Man: Or rather, a Scary Black Kree.
- Super Strength: Strong enough punch through walls and get into a fistfight with Drax.
- Super Toughness: Able to jump off from buildings to the ground, shrugg off blasts from Quill's guns that punch holes in the Sakaaran soldiers serving him, and remain conscious despite impacting a rock wall hard enough to crater it.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: By the time of Guardians of the Galaxy. In Captain Marvel, he's more of The Stoic and less brutish.
- Undying Loyalty: Implied; he's one of the few actual Kree among Ronan's crew, and refers to the Accuser as "master".
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The 2014 versions of Korath and Ronan notably don't appear among the rest of Thanos's forces at the end of Endgame, making it unclear what happened to them.
- Worthy Opponent: Implied; Korath is the first character to refer to Quill as "Star-Lord" unironically. Quill is pleasantly surprised.
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy
Monks of the Exolon race that serve Ronan aboard the Dark Aster as attendants and pilots.
- All There in the Manual: They are named only in the Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Character Death: The ones on the Dark Aster are killed when Rocket crashes an M-Ship into the bridge.
- In the Hood: They wear black robes similar to those worn by Ronan himself.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: They are alien pilot monks.