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Shapeshifting reptilian aliens from the Andromeda Galaxy, who have been engaged in a war with the Kree. They first came to mankind's attention when they framed the Fantastic Four, as a prelude to an invasion.

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In General
  • Aliens Are Bastards: They are shapeshifting aliens who invaded Earth on several occasions, though they do have a Freudian Excuse. They were originally a pretty peaceful species who'd got over their violent days and went around uplifting species. Then they got to the Kree and the Cotati. To cut a long story short, the Kree attacked them out of jealousy over the Skrulls choosing the achievements of the peaceful Cotati over them, stole their technology, and kicked off the Kree-Skrull war.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Pretty much every Skrull is green, with the very rare exception.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Skrulls in general are this to the Fantastic Four.
  • Art Evolution: In their earliest appearances, the Skrulls were more bug-eyed. This gradually fell by the wayside.
  • Bald of Evil: Male Skrulls in their default form tend to be hairless. Female Skrulls, not so much.
  • Create Your Own Villain: The Skrulls have no-one to blame but themselves for the Kree, since it was Emperor Dorrek I who made first contact with early Kree, and who pissed them off enough for the Kree to decide to murder them and steal their ship.
  • Ditto Aliens: In a small burst of irony, Skrulls aren't big on individual appearances. The rank-n-file Skrull tend to look and dress exactly alike.
  • Divide and Conquer: Their favourite tactic is to use their shapeshifting abilities to get in somewhere and mess with their enemies heads. And that usually works out well. It's just once they're discovered that everything tends to fall apart.
  • Divided We Fall: During Annihilation, the Skrulls were too fractured to put up a decent fight against the Annihilation Wave, who tore right through them.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Galactus ate their homeworld a few years back (well, the 1980s in our world).
  • Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: Several times, they've tried to invade mankind. The last time they gave it some serious effort, in Secret Invasion (2008), even after years of planning and infiltration they still got their asses kicked — though it should be noted that that was a desperate remnant after Galactus ate their homeworld and the Annihilation Wave tore apart the rest, and they still came scarily close to succeeding.
  • Flanderization: Under the pen of Brian Bendis, during the events surrounding Secret Invasion, the Skrulls go from a polytheistic bunch to an entire race of The Fundamentalist, with no acknowledgement that this is out-of-character for them. Other writers at least have the characters noting this isn't their normal behaviour, with the Super-Skrull being outright disturbed by what's happened. The justification is that Empress Veranke's jihadist attitude has struck a chord with them after the events of Annihilation.
  • Forever War: They've been fighting with the Kree for an incredibly long time, but it's generally at a stalemate. Earth's discovery of both species may have accidentally caused it to kick back up again.
  • Galactic Superpower: One of the Big Three of the Marvel Universe, along with the Shi'ar and Kree.
  • Geek Physique: Non-military Skrulls tend to be short and gangly.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Female Skrulls mysteriously tend to look pretty good by human standards.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Even after several millennia fighting one another, there are still the occasional Skrulls and Kree who have kids. Of course, with both empires being so big on genetic purity, they didn't tend to last very long. Now, a hybrid is ruling both.
  • Little Green Men: Their original appearance was this all the way. Then Kirby started drawing them taller.
  • Oh, My Gods!: They usually curse by Sl'grt and Kl'byn.
  • The Remnant: The era between Secret Invasion and Realm of Kings treated the destruction of the battered Skrull fleet by the Inhumans as their final depantsing. They've gradually recovered their numbers since then.
  • Space Jews: As mentioned above in Flanderization, Brian Michael Bendis changed their characterisation to blatantly reflect Jihadi extremists, which creates some uncomfortable subtext for the Secret Invasion arc.
  • Sneaky Spy Species: When not characterized as a Proud Warrior Race, the Skrulls are stereotyped as as a race of infiltrators, undermining cultures from within until they are weakened enough for a conventional invasion. Their ability to shapeshift also plays into this particular image, being often used to insinuate their operatives into a culture they hope to eventually assimilate into their empire. Meet The Skrulls focusses particularly on this characterization, with an entire family of Skrull infiltrators indoctrinating their children to serve the empire in secret - even chastising the youngest daughter for shapeshifting just to avoid a bully. In turn, the daughter uses her powers to turn the bully's friends against her through increasingly cruel acts of social engineering.
  • Space Cold War: For a while, their war with the Kree had wound down into a stand-off, but without actual war. Then the Skrulls found some insignificant blue-green planet they'd long passed back in a backwater galaxy. Then the Kree found it as well. Both races running afoul of mankind nearly caused the war to turn hot again.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: Genetics-wise, they're great. A handful of scientists studying some samples they got from the Illuminati managed to fully crack the mutant genome, allowing them to make an entire army of Super-Skrulls.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From a Doylist view. The earliest Skrull appearance had their invasion forestalled by Reed Richards scamming them with comic books, before turning their four-skrull invasion force into cows. Not exactly a tremendous first showing, but they drastically increased in power and cunning over the years.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Their shapeshifting comes from Celestial tinkering. All modern shapeshifting Skrulls are descended from the Skrull Deviants, who managed to kill all the evolutionary competition (except the last Skrull Eternal, who joined the Skrull Deviant leader to become the two gods of the Skrull Empire).
  • Used to Be More Social: The early Skrulls were slightly more benevolent that they are in the here and now. Then they tried uplifting the Kree, which backfired tremendously.
  • Your Size May Vary: Kirby originally drew them short, scrawny, and bug-eyed, but later started drawing them with more human proportions. Since the original artist was inconsistent about it, later artists have had freedom to pick one version or the other. Of course, as they're a race of shapeshifters, this is probably a Justified Trope. Deciding on one's height in the morning is probably like a human choosing a shirt.


    Emperor Dorrek VII 

Dorrek VII

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #3

Emperor of the Skrulls, husband of R'Klll, father of Anelle and grandfather of Hulkling. The mastermind of the earliest Skrulls attempt to invade Earth.
  • Abusive Parents: Spent a lot of time ranting at Anelle about how if she wasn't his sole heir he'd have just killed her already, and the sooner he got her married off and popping out babies the better.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Not a lot of love in the Dorrek household. Mainly because Dorrek forced R'Klll to marry him.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: His hope was that Anelle would produce a good, strong (male) heir who'd be a good warrior and end the war with those hated Kree. Well, can't say the man didn't get exactly what he asked for.
  • Betrayal Insurance: When the scientists were cooking up Super-Skrull's powers, he devised some tech just in case Kl'rt (who at that point was devoted to his empire) ever got any ideas. Good thing, too, since during The Kree / Skrull War Kl'rt did indeed get ideas.
  • Character Death: He dies when his wife shoots him in the back.
  • Evil Is Petty: Masterminded repeated attempts to invade Earth or get back at the Fantastic Four for the previous failures.
  • Heir Club for Men: Subscribes to it, and had no compunctions telling Anelle this several times.
  • King Bob the Nth: Seventh Skrull emperor to take the name of Dorrek Supreme.
  • Loophole Abuse: The Skrull and Kree do have some rules for their intergalactic war, basically Space Geneva Convention, so Dorrek can't torture a Kree prisoner. However, if he just happened to have some humans nearby, well... they aren't covered by those conventions, so he's free to do what he likes to them.
  • The Napoleon: Dorrek's on the short side for an emperor. His incredibly large crown doesn't help, actually making him look smaller still.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He's not a frontline fighter, usually coordinating his schemes from the safety of his throne world.

    Empress R'Klll 

Empress R'Klll

Alter Ego: R'Klll

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #206

Wife of Dorrek VII, mother of Anelle and the grandmother of Hulkling, she slew her husband to become Empress. She died when Galactus ate Tarnax IV. Or so it seemed.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: She, alongside Quoi and Swordsman serve as the main antagonists of Empyre.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Using advanced technology, she impersonated the long dead Kree soldier Tanalth, taking her place as the Pursuer of the Kree Corps.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Empress of the Skrulls, and was willing to destroy the Alliance from within and use the Pyre to destroy the Cotati, even if it means killing all life on Earth to achieve it.
  • Gruesome Grandparent: Not only did she left her own daughter to die at Tarnax IV, she impersonated her grandson and intended to make him her Puppet King.
  • Have You Told Anyone Else?: R'Klll asked the scientists who helped her disguise herself as Tanalth whether anyone outside the room knows how she can disguise herself as a Kree. The head scientist says no, then actually asks why she said that. Cut to R'Klll walking out of the room having murdered the lot of them.
  • Klingon Promotion: Sort of, kind of. She did kill her husband to seize power, but he killed her father to seize power first.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Some of her dresses were so open it exposes her navel.
  • Offing the Offspring: R'Klll reveals how she survived Galactus eating the Skrull homeworld, explaining she had a teleportation device which she could have used to save herself and Anelle... but she couldn't be bothered, thinking it was less dangerous to save herself alone. Unsurprisingly, she's not tremendously guilty over leaving her daughter to die.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: R'Klll's attempt at playing Teddy is piss-poor. It doesn't fool Carol and Johnny Storm for a moment, and Wiccan only needs to look at a recording of her for an instant to know that he's not looking at the man he loves.
  • Walking Spoiler: Lots of important revelations involving her during Empyre.
  • Worthy Opponent: Regarded Captain Marvel as one, even sending a representative to his deathbed to present him with a medal of honor.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: As Tanalth she arranged for some Kree troops to try and kill Teddy. Once they'd failed, she kills them to tidy up the loose ends.

    Princess Anelle 

Princess Anelle

Alter Ego: Anelle

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #37 (April, 1965)

  • Good Princess, Evil Queen: She was a kind and compassionate woman, while her father was evil and her mother is a ruthless and callous bitch.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Captain Mar-Vell.
  • Missing Mom: Teddy Altman never got to know her.
  • Parental Betrayal: R'Klll, her own mother, left her to die when Galactus was going to devour their planet since she couldn't bother to teleport her with her without risking its destination.
  • Posthumous Character: She's long dead by the present day.

    Emperor Dorrek VIII 

Dorrek VIII (Skrull name), Theodore Rufus "Teddy" Kaplan-Altman (Earth name)

First Appearance: Young Avengers Vol 1 #1 (April, 2005)

Half-Skrull/Half-Kree son of Anelle and Captain Mar-Vell. Raised in secret on Earth, ignorant of his true parentage. He is part of the Young Avengers as Hulkling. Several attempts have been made to convince him to claim his grandfather's throne with limited success until Empyre

See Hulkling for tropes.



Alter Ego: Kl'rt

Notable Aliases: Invincible Man, Captain Hero, Bobby Wright, Warlord Kl'rt, Lon Zelig, Joshua Plague, Pointy-Ears

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #18 (September, 1963)

A Skrull warrior who was artificially augmented to get the combined powers of the Fantastic Four.

  • Abdicate the Throne: Steps down as Emperor of the Skrulls when Teddy Altman/Hulkling reclaims his birthright as Dorrek VIII, uniting both Kree and Skrull empires.
  • All Your Powers Combined: He has all of the Fantastic Four's powers in addition to his natural Skull biology. These powers were not directly taken from the targets, but the result of reverse engineering. He uses them a little more... dangerously... than the Fantastic Four do, though. Such as stretching his arm so thin that it acts like razor-wire and can slice enemies in half.
  • Anti-Villain: During Annihilation. He maims, tortures, kills and is just generally a total dick in his way to stop the Harvester of Sorrow.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: At the end of Infinity he is crowned Emperor of the newly restored Skrull empire.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: His miniseries, given that he's a jerkass who isn't above using violence and torture to get what he wants, against the Annihilation Wave.
  • Breakout Character: Easily the most prominent of all Skrulls in the comics, and also appearing in cartoons and video games.
  • Broken Pedestal: During Annihilation, Kl'rt meets a Skrull engineer named R'kin who idolizes him. However, the more time they spend together, R'Kin's notions of Kl'rt being a noble hero are chipped away as he witnesses more of the Super-Skrull's ruthlessness and brutality. This culminates in R'Kin betraying Kl'rt to the Annihilation Wave for money.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: After the events of Empyre, he's made the Skrull ambassador, with standing order not to kill anyone, as punishment for what he did. Teddy explicitly states that he's denying him a warrior's death.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While he can fly into a rage, he's overall pretty stoic and tends to take whatever is thrown at him unflinchingly. During the Annihilation storyline, he teleported into Reed Richard's lab to ask for assistance. Reed flips out the moment he sees him, locks the lab down, hits all the emergency alarms, and points an extremely lethal looking cannon at Kl'rt. Kl'rt doesn't react to any of this.
    Kl'rt: (looking at the cannon) You can destroy a moon with that. I'm flattered.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: In his first appearance, he's explicitly described as significantly stronger in terms of his individual powers than the Four: for instance, he can stretch hundreds of miles, lift a hundred tons back when Ben could lift five, and use his flame powers to generate antimatter blasts. Later on, the common descriptor of him is that he's a Master of None with his powers, being noticeably weaker than the Four and relying on combining them to be effective.
  • Elite Mook: To the Skrull Empire.
  • Enemy Mine: Ronan and Super-Skrull are usually villains but help Nova and the others defeat the Annihilation Wave. In fact, Ronan and Super-Skrull being on the same side counts as well; Kree and Skrulls hate each other.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely loved and cared for his son, and hauled serious ass to try and save him. Which didn't work. Doesn't apply for his daughter Jazinda, as there's very little love lost between them.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: During Secret Invasion he finds his race becoming a bunch of religious fundamentalists disturbing.
  • Evil Is Petty: On occasion. The second time he went up against the Fantastic Four, he helped abduct Sue and Johnny's father, then pretended to be him pretending to be a crazed supervillain just to be a jerk. When Reed found out and got him sent home, the Skrulls returned Franklin with a bomb attached, as one last "up yours!"
  • The Gadfly: During Annihilation, Kl'rt loves making pithy comments at Ronan's expense every few seconds.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrificed himself during the Annihilation War by destroying an enormous organic warship. Comics being what they are, he came back before the event was even over.
  • Hero Killer: He accidentally beat Iron Fist to death (he believed he was a human teenager at the time). Danny got better.
  • Military Superhero: From the point of view of the Skrulls. Originally he was just a decorated soldier without superpowers (other than the minor shapeshifting that is the default for Skrulls), and his military experience is still an important part of his identity.
  • Mission Control: When working with the Guardians of the Galaxy, due to standing orders from his king that he can't fight, he instead coordinates the others.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Roughly speaking, he has two default characterizations, and this is one of them. When not written as The Starscream to the Skrull emperor, he is usually (and by startling contrast) a very loyal soldier and patriot who will put up with almost anything in his eagerness to serve the cause of the Skrulls.
  • No-Respect Guy: Some Skrulls don't look too fondly on him, seeing him as an embarrassment after his many failures.
  • Pride: One of his defining traits is his personal pride.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He’s extremely proud of his race, and has a warrior mindset. Even when he’s The Starscream.
  • Redemption Equals Death: At the end of his Annihilation mini-series, although he gets better after a few months. He's hoping for this when Teddy calls him to account at the end of Empyre. Teddy has something more creative in mind, however.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: His first appearance had him sealed up inside a volcano. It was a few months before the Skrull Empire figured it was worth breaking him out.
  • Shapeshifting: Like all Skrulls, Kl'rt is a shape-shifter. Thus he has the ability to rearrange the molecules of his body at will into any form, shape or being perceived that he chooses. This allows him to imitate the appearance of any of the four members of the Fantastic Four, as well as their powers.
  • Super Prototype: While he's since been surpassed for power, no Super-Skrull since has matched his martial ability, with the rest being - at best - brawny thugs who use their powers with brute force, and he demonstrated the difference in Secret Invasion.
  • Super-Soldier: The Skrull equivalent of this trope, and in Secret Invasion (2008) while faking loyalty to the Skrull invaders (having pretended to vaporise Nova), he declares himself the "first and greatest" of the Super-Skrulls. No one calls him on it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During Annihilation.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: By virtue of being a Skrull, a species where this is a natural ability.
  • Weak, but Skilled: While later Super-Skrulls are stronger, they're pretty much all brute force, whereas Kl'rt was a supremely experienced and skilled warrior before he got his powers, and has since mastered them. This makes him utterly lethal.

    Power Skrull 

Paibok the Power Skrull

Alter Ego: Paibok

Notable Aliases: Paul Barks

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #358 (November, 1991)

Paibok the Power Skrull was bionically re-engineered to posses more power than the Fantastic Four. A Captain in the Skrull empire that is relentless and ruthless.



First Appearance: Fantastic Four #204 (March, 1979)

A Skrull-shaped robot created to be the Super-Skrull's superior and successor.

  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Or Ridiculously Skrullian Robot, as the case may be.
  • Superior Successor: Intended to be one for Kl'rt. But given Kl'rt's still around nw and he's not, it didn't work out that way.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Appeared in just three issues before being destroyed, never returning in over 40 years.

    Talos the Tamer 


Alter Ego: Talos

Notable Aliases: The Tamer, The Untamed, the Tamed

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #418 (June, 1994)

Talos is a Skrull warrior that was unable to shapeshift and was therefore shamed by his Skrull-peers.

  • Badass Normal: At least by Skrull standards, thanks to his inability to shapeshift.
  • Electronic Eyes: After losing it in combat, Talos exchanged his left eye for a cybernetic version of it instead.
  • Old Soldier: Skrulls age much more slowly than humans, but he's still considered an older Skrull and remains pretty competent.
  • One Degree of Separation: Emperor Dorrekk VII was his nephew, making him great-great-uncle of Teddy Altman/Hulkling.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Went from foes like the Hulk to Howard the Duck.
  • Sole Survivor: He's the only known survivor of his squad that was attacked by Knull's Symbiote Dragons during Web of Venom: Empyre's End, since he doesn't know if Tarna escaped too.
  • Super-Strength: Talos' genetic-defection has granted him superhuman strength. He possesses sufficient strength to lift in the 25-75 ton range.
  • Super-Toughness: Along with his strength, his body is more durable than the average Skrull, allowing to engage in battle with the Hulk for a short time.



Alter Ego: Veranke

Notable Aliases: Skrull Queen, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Sybil Dvorak

First Appearance: New Avengers #1 (January 2005)note  / New Avengers #40 (June 2008)note 

A Skrull royal who was exiled for her fundamentalist views, believing Earth was theirs by divine writ, who managed to take control after Galactus ate the Skrull homeworld. She masterminded the Secret Invasion, disguised as Jessica Drew.

  • Back from the Dead: After a long absence, she makes her return in Spider-Woman (2020).
  • Big Bad: For Bendis' New Avengers up until Secret Invasion.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Norman Osborn shoots her with a raygun that makes her head explode like a ripe melon.
  • Catchphrase: "It is written" and "he loves you".
  • Don't Create a Martyr: Why Dorek VI didn't just kill her. She and her sect had enough popularity that killing her would've been more trouble than it was worth.
  • Evil Is Petty: As she reveals before the final battle in Secret Invasion, at least some of her motivation is because... Reed turned the first Skrull infiltrators into cows.
  • Fantastic Racism: She really hates humans, and finds taking human form disgusting.
  • Fatal Flaw: Arrogance. She underestimates mankind, thinking the Skrulls can divide them and once that's done they'll easily be rolled over. Turns out they cannot, and she gets herself and an awful lot of her already battered race killed.
  • Frontline General: She's not lacking for chutzpah at least. Despite knowing the risk, she insists she take the lead on the infiltration front.
  • The Fundamentalist: She was the leader of a Skrull monotheistic sect which wasn't popular during the days of the Kree/Skrull War. After Galactus nommed the throneworld, more and more Skrulls started flocking to her banner. Her entire drive to invade Earth is because of a religious belief that Earth belongs to them.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Wanda creating the House of M reality nearly caused her to pack the invasion plan in, because the sheer number of mutants made invading or infiltrating too impractical.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Give her her due, Veranke is pretty good at this. She manages to fool the Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury, HYDRA, and Doctor Strange, getting everyone worked up into a state of rampant paranoia, in-between letting situations she didn't have a hand in come to the boil and do her work for her.
  • Master Actor: No-one noticed she was up to something, not Nick Fury, Iron Man, or Wolverine. The one person who suspected anything was Black Widow. (Well, and the New Avengers, but by the time they did it was too late to do anything about it).
  • Ms. Fanservice: Veranke is very beautiful woman, and she wears nothing but rather revealing but ornate dresses or skintight supersuits.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: As Queen, she takes to wearing some very sheer metal bustiers that go all the way down to her stomach.
  • Near-Villain Victory: The invasion was going extremely well for the most part, her plan was ultimately undone because of a handful of small errors all cropping up around the same time which alerted the heroes to the Skrull's presence far too early.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Invokes it during her disguise as Jessica Drew, using her powers to get the Mighty Avengers out of a Doom forcefield, claiming it's a boost of her venom blast. Natasha Romanov is the only one to suspect this is BS.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Her plan to cause the Raft breakout inadvertently causes the Avengers to reform.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced just as the beginning of Secret Invasion (or unmasked, having been around since Secret War as Jessica Drew), apparently having been around since the days of the Kree/Skrull War, and in charge of the Skrulls as a whole since Galactus ate their homeworld.
  • Retcon: Veranke was never dead, merely imprisoned by Osborn. Please ignore that time she was spotted in Hell trying to win her resurrection in a game.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Zigzagged. On the whole, she largely averts this, going to great lengths to not underestimate the Avengers, mutants, or Nick Fury. But she underestimates them as a whole, and thinks mankind will be perfectly okay when the Skrulls come in and take over. And her plan goes a little belly-up because she just didn't factor Black Widow at all.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Every action taken by Veranke was done to ensure the survival of the Skrull species. Were it not for the fact that she tried to conquer Earth, she would've come off as much more heroic.

    Criti Noll 

Criti Noll

Alter Ego: Criti Noll

Notable Aliases: Hank Pym, Yellowjacket

First Appearance: House of M #1

Criti Noll is the super skrull chosen to replace Hank Pym, Yellowjacket. Her position as Pym made her a key part of the Skrull Invasion.
  • Gender Bender: Despite her default form being female, she masqueraded as a male for a long time and her clone even fathered a child with Tigra named William Nelson.
  • Giver of Lame Names: She devised the Ant-Man suit Eric O'Grady stole, nicknaming it G.I.Ant-Man. Tony Stark teased her about this.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The process Veranke's infiltrators use copies the minds of the people they're replacing exactly. In the case of Hank Pym, this also includes Hank's mental illness. By the time they get to Criti, Veranke warns her about it going in, and says she'll need to do some acting.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Several times in Avengers: The Initiative, Criti gets into situations that should get "Hank" killed, but apparently survives thanks to ingenious applications of his shrinking powers. Actually, she's using her Super-Skrull abilities to just dodge the attacks, and is annoyed no-one around her is even remotely suspicious about the flimsy claims.
  • Sizeshifter: Thanks to Yellowjacket's powers.
  • Super-Speed: One of her powers.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Criti programmed in a little surprise in the Thor replicant Tony Stark made - if she's ever killed, then twenty four hours later the robot is set to go off, with all failsafes disabled, Criti banking on its hostility and raw power being a problem for anyone still standing.
  • You Have Failed Me: Veranke killed the original when it appeared they were questioning her orders of continuing the infiltration.


Lyja the Lazerfist

Alter Ego: Lyja

Notable Aliases: Alicia Masters Storm, The Lazerfist, Bridget O'Neil, Laura Green

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #265 (April 1984) note ; Fantastic Four #357 (October 1991) note 

See Fantastic Four Supporting Characters



Alter Ego: Jazinda Kl'rt-Spawn

Notable Aliases: Jennifer Walters

First Appearance: She-Hulk Vol 2 #22 (December, 2007)

See She-Hulk



Alter Ego: Xavin

Notable Aliases: Karolina Dean

First Appearance: Runaways Vol 2 #7

See Runaways Title Team



Alter Ego: Ethan Edwards

Notable Aliases: Moral Man, the Tiller

First Appearance: Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #13

The son of a Skrull chief scientist, he was sent to Earth as an infant sleeper agent whereby upon reaching maturity he would conquer the planet for his race. But his upbringing and subsequent experiences of life and religion changed him for the better of this world.

  • Alliterative Name: Ethan Edwards. His original Skrull name is unknown.
  • Atrocious Alias: His first two aliases made pretty much everyone cringe.
  • Back for the Dead: After not being seen in 8 years, he returns for Web of Venom: Empyre's End, only to be one of the individuals assimilated by Knull's symbiote hive. He surprisingly is freed from the symbiotes by Emperor Hulkling and Wiccan.
  • Badass Cape: A green cape.
  • Captain Ersatz: Huh? Superman? Don't know what you mean. Nothin' remotely similar here, nosiree...
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Sure, he might be a Skrull who dresses in black leather, but he truly wanted to be a hero.
  • Flying Brick: Thanks to Skrull genetic engineering, not only he's much stronger than the average Skrull, he can also fly.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: His human form is blonde and he's one of the few truly heroic Skrulls, at least at first.
  • Hellbent For Leather: His second costume appears to be made of black leather.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: Even after coming to terms with his Skrull identity, he still prefers his human form.



Alter Ego: M'lanz

Notable Aliases: Sleeper

First Appearance: Venom: First Host #1

M'lanz was a Skrull intelligence officer sent to hunt down the Kree supersoldier Tel-Kar, who she had helped capture at the end of the Kree/Skrull War. Tracking Tel-Kar to Earth, M'lanz deduced that he intended to reclaim the symbiote he had used during the war — now going by Venom — and attacked Eddie Brock hoping to prevent Tel-Kar from reclaiming it. When Tel-Kar forced the Venom symbiote to rebond to him, M'lanz reluctantly teamed up with Eddie and Venom's latest spawn Sleeper, stopping Tel-Kar from unleashing a plague created to wipe out entire species.

M'lanz returned to the Skrull Empire, and in the wake of the war with the Cotati she was sent with a small squad — including fellow former symbiote host Tarna — to investigate a series of attacks on Kree and Skrull colonies at the edge of the galaxy, unaware that it was the work of Knull, the King in Black and god of the symbiotes.

  • Back for the Dead: M'lanz, having not been seen since 2018's Venom: First Host, is brought back for the leadup to King in Black... where she's killed by the symbiote-possessed Virtue.
  • Defiant to the End: Refuses to let herself be bonded to another Symbiote, and is impaled by Symbiote Virtue as soon as she says so.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In Web of Venom: Empyre's End she's impaled by the symbiote-possessed Virtue after refusing to join them.
  • Not Love Interest: While she commented favorably on Eddie's muscular physique, she ultimately told him that she never wanted to see him again.



Alter Ego: Tarna

First Appearance: Venom: Space Knight #2

See Venom: Supporting Characters



Alter Ego: H'rpra

Notable Aliases: Mockingbird

First Appearance: Avengers West Coast #91 (February 1993)

A Skrull kidnapped Mockingbird and replaced her with a sleeper agent called H'rpra. She went through the Skrull Infiltration Ritual which gave her all of Bobbi's memories and abilities. She joined the West Coast Avengers when they were battling Alkhema and Ultron.
  • Retcon: Introduced to justify bringing Bobbi back from her actual death during Avengers West Coast. Up until Secret Invasion, it was actually Mockingbird who served in the West Coast Avengers and died.


General Kalamari

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #358

A military and intelligence officer in the Skrull Empire, Kalamari signed off on Paibok's plan to replace the Fantastic Four's ally, Alicia Masters, with a spy, Lyja.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being absent for 26 years, he reappears during Web of Venom: Empyre's End to rescue Talos the Tamer's escape pod.
  • Manly Facial Hair: Stands out for being the only known Skrull who has facial hair in his default form. A twirly mustache to be precise.
  • Shout-Out: General Kalamari's name is a humorous reference to Admiral Ackbar, the Rebel leader from the Star Wars movie franchise, whose species is called Mon Calamari.



Notable Aliases: Commander Chrell

First Appearance: Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #1 (August, 2008)

"Always remember, when you face a superior opponent, learn their weaknesses. Exploit them. That is the Skrull way."

Former teacher in the Super-Skrull Training Program turned commander in the Skrull invasion force. A strong believer in the Skrull invasion, he aims to capture Teddy and Xavin, both runaway Skrull royals.

  • The Dreaded: Xavin is terrified of him, with good reason.
  • The Fundamentalist: He believes on the Skrull Queen and the Skrull invasion prophecy. Anyone who believes in other prophecies, specially the one about Teddy, should die.
  • Sadistic Choice: He gave Xavin from the Runaways the choice between killing Teddy or watch his fellow Runaways die.
  • The Sociopath: If him threatening to kill all the Runaways if Xavin didn't kill Teddy doesn't convince you of him being this, his willing to go Nova and kill everyone, including himself, will.
  • Training from Hell: His methods for training are quite ruthless.



Alter Ego: The Talisman

Notable Aliases: Longshot

First Appearance: X-Factor Vol 3 #33

The representation of the Skrull Pantheon. He was the Arc Villain in a crossover between She-Hulk and X-Factor (2006) that tied into Secret Invasion (2008).
  • Affably Evil: Nogor speaks in a rather measured and calm tone even when talking about taking over Earth.
  • Arc Villain: To X-Factor in the "Secret Invasion" arc.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: His power depends on his own conviction and religious belief. Darwin was able to defeat him by having greater faith in himself.
  • I Lied: Nogor disguised himself as Longshot, a person he knew Darwin trusted and lied that he would help him find Professor X. When Talisman's disguise is revealed, he confesses that he has no idea where Professor X is and only said that to deceive Darwin.



Alter Ego: Velmax

Notable Aliases: Jake Scott, Deep Throat (yes, that Deep Throat)

Debuted in the limited series Marvel: The Lost Generation. A Skrull scout whose ship crashed on Earth in 1947. Marooned on Earth, he assimilated into human society out of necessity and gradually realized he liked it. He became the shapeshifting superhero Effigy, joined the superhero team the First Line, and served with them for decades, never letting on that he was a Skrull. Oh, and as Deep Throat, he helped expose Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal — because, as he insisted up to the end, Effigy was a loyal and patriotic American. He died helping the First Line save the Earth from a Skrull invasion, shortly before the Fantastic Four made their fateful space flight that gave them their powers.

  • Defector from Decadence: He switched allegiances and took to defending Earth as a super hero.
  • Dying as Yourself: As he dies, he reverts to his true Skrull form, shocking his teammate Pixie, but he assures her that his allegiance is with Earth.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He died protecting Earth from a Skrull invasion.
  • Stranded Invader: He was sent here with a team of Skrulls to spy on us and got stranded, and had to disguise himself as a human just to survive. Fortunately for Earth, he came to the conclusion that he liked humanity and didn't want to see us conquered.


First Appearance: Runaways (Vol. 2) #14 (May, 2006)

A Skrull Eternal who later ascended to godhood.