Follow TV Tropes

Following

Characters / The Eternals: Eternals

Go To

WARNING: There are unmarked spoilers on these sheets for all but the most recent comics.

The Eternals were first introduced in Jack Kirby's The Eternals, but some have gone on to play key roles in other Marvel titles (e.g. as members of The Avengers). A few have also been introduced elsewhere but - as of August 2022 - have never appeared in an actual Eternals comic.

Remember, this sheet is for characters and examples from the Prime Marvel Universenote  only. Please do not list characters or examples from shows, movies or alternate universe versions here. If you've thought of a trope that fits an alternate version of these characters, please take that example to its respective sheet.

Advertisement:

    open/close all folders 

Eternals of Earth

    In General 

In General

  • Back from the Dead: After being dead for five months in-universe, every Eternal that died in the Avengers (2018) story - plus all of those killed in previous stories and flashbacks - returns for the 2021 series.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Being a race of long-lived superpowered beings, the Eternals inspired some of mankind's legends.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Even the broadly heroic ones are a bit... odd by human standards, something that's been emphasized more since Gaiman and Gillen delivered their Soft Reboots. Considering that they're all thousands of years old at the very least (a full million years old, as of the 2021 series) and they're fundamentally designed to protect 'the Machine' (Earth), this is not exactly surprising.
  • Born as an Adult: In current continuity, all Eternals (except Thanos) were created, not biologically born. And all except Sprite were created as adults - even Sprite, the Eternal child, was never a baby.
  • Cosmic Retcon: The 2006 series explains that there’s already been one of these and that all previous Eternals stories reflect the altered reality and its rewritten memories. Once that's undone, readers are finally introduced to the ‘true’ version, including the Eternals’ Resurrective Immortality, the Immortal Procreation Clause (and the fixed number of 100 Eternals), the fact they’re all Born as an Adult, exactly the same age and various other changes to their past and their powers.
  • Defector from Decadence: The 2021 comic series has a few Eternals develop a sense of responsibility over their existence and go and stay with their rivals the Deviants to achieve something meaningful with their lives.
  • Death Is Cheap: As of the 2006 series, this is the consequence of their Resurrective Immortality. Downplayed a little, but still present, in the Knauf series, when the necessary machinery is temporarily broken. Played very straight and then subverted in the 2021 series - it’s not so much that death is cheap, it’s that the Eternals haven’t been paying the bills.
  • Driven to Suicide: During Avengers (2018) most of Earth’s Eternals committed suicide after being driven mad by the imminent arrival of the Dark Celestials. In the 2021 series, the Machine’s narration confirms that all of them came back afterwards, though.
  • Eye Beams: The Eternals can fire cosmic energy through their eyes. Like many of their other powers, there are varying levels of ability - a mix of natural talent, technique and practice - but they all have the basic potential for this.
  • Family of Choice: Played with. The 2021 series continuity suggests that all Eternals of Earth are exactly the same age (about a million years older). They do have parent, child and sibling relationships (including a set of three-generation dynasties), but these were chosen by the Celestials who created them, not by the Eternals themselves - and they are not biological families.
  • Fantastic Racism: Most Eternals really don’t like Deviants. As seen in Silver Surfer, they’re also prejudiced against Skrulls, who they see as alien Deviants.
  • Flying Brick: Some hit harder or fly faster than others, but the entire race has this power set, in addition to other assorted powers that they can develop through practice and training.
  • Geas: A non-magical version with a touch of Three Laws-Compliant. The 2006 series established that Eternals are not permitted to attack or harm a Celestial, and will temporarily shut down if they try. Current continuity, in the Gillen series, has expanded this into the Principles: "Protect Celestials. Protect the Machine. Correct Excess Deviation."
  • Hand Blast: Eternals can fire destructive blasts from their hands. As with many of their other powers, they’ve all got potential for this, but some haven’t fully developed it.
  • Healing Factor: Not only are Eternals hard to harm, but they can heal themselves using their molecular control powers. Injuries such as lacerations or bullet wounds can fully mend within a matter of hours. This ability can be augmented dramatically (or extended to heal others) if they properly train themselves.
  • Human Resources: One of the darker revelations in the 2021 series is that each Eternal resurrection costs either a human or Deviant life. Some of the Eternals don’t care, others are subjected to Laser-Guided Amnesia whenever they discover this.
  • Human Subspecies: As a result of the Celestials' genetic tinkering. Unlike the other Eternals, the Hex are the variant of this trope that doesn't look remotely human.
  • I Am the Noun: The 2021 series uses this, to summarize the characters of many Eternals briefly and simply.
  • Immortal Apathy: A downplayed version. They have trouble caring for mortal humans due to the difference in their lifespans making them nearly insignificant. Some, such as Sersi, Kingo and Legba, have immersed themselves in human society (and Thena’s had a string of relationships with Deviants), but most tend to be aloof and deal with their own affairs (or, like Ajak and Virako, value friendships with gods and immortals rather than humans). That said, a fair few are heroic and have enough conscience to care for mortals as much as they can allow.
  • Immortality Begins at Twenty: Played with. It’s true of most of the core cast - but Sprite is a child and Domo is elderly. Some other Eternals (e.g. A’Lars and Valkin) also look much older than 20. How much the Eternals (other than Sprite and Domo) can shift their apparent age via Resurrective Immortality is unrevealed.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: As of the 2021 series, after a retcon, Eternals are completely infertile with each other.
    • They can have children with mortals (such as humans or Deviants), and some of those children may inherit powers, and might be Long-Lived - but they aren’t true Eternals, won’t live forever, and don’t benefit from Resurrective Immortality if they’re killed.
    • Originally, Eternal parents had Eternal children, albeit rarely, and many of the core characters were said to be the children of older Eternals - mostly born long after the Celestials created their race (e.g. Ikaris was stated to be only a couple of thousand years old). These relationships have since been revised into a Family of Choice structure programmed by the Celestials.
    • There have also been attempts to subvert this trope and allow true Eternal children, born of biological parents, to add to the original 100 Eternals - these attempts did not end well.
  • Mythical Motifs: Most of them were named after mythological beings (primarily Greek gods). Of course, since Greek gods actually exist in the Marvel Comics universe, it set up a clash between Eternals and Olympians.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: While a lot of superheroic characters have some level of invulnerability, the Eternals may stand out for special mention: they possess a "psychic lock" on their molecular structure that allows them to restore virtually any injury they can't flat-out ignore.
  • Numerological Motif: Six is considered a lucky or holy number (and also an internal one). The Hex has six members and there are six Eternal priests. Many Eternal powers, designs and devices use hexagons.
  • Puny Earthlings: With a few exceptions, the more benevolent ones tend to regard humans with amused condescension. The less benevolent ones view humans as expendable mayflies. Again, they're immortal beings who're all Flying Bricks, at minimum. This is not entirely surprising.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Eternals don't age and have some level of mental control over their bodies' molecular structure unless knocked out. Even so, they can be injured if you try hard enough - and enough damage will kill them. At which point, as revealed in the 2006 series, the great machine will resurrect them. These resurrections didn’t happen for a while before the 2006 series due to someone attempting to rewrite reality. Additionally, the Gillen and Knauf series’ have both demonstrated that you can at least delay the resurrection by sabotaging the machine.
  • Sex Shifter: The 2021 series establishes that they can select a different body when they reboot and resurrect. This is relatively common when there’s a major reset - every 25,000 years or so. At least some Eternals have used this to change their sex. note 
  • Society of Immortals: The Eternals have historically maintained their own secret cities but sometimes hang around with mortal humans for kicks or companionship. To illustrate the difference this trope creates in mindset, there was a dialogue in an issue of The Avengers where Sersi was asked by one of her (mortal) teammates what the Eternals' beliefs regarding ghosts were. Sersi responded that the topic does not get discussed much in their culture — because they don't die.
  • Superhero Speciation: All Eternals share the ability to channel cosmic energy to whatever effect they desire, particularly making them all Flying Bricks, with healing, psychic powers and energy blasting. However, they can each practice a specific skill to an exceptional level above their peers. Sersi and Makkari, for example, are respectively the best at matter transmutation and super speed.
  • Super Strength: All Eternals are stronger than humans, but the exact level of that strength varies.
  • Super Toughness: Some are much tougher than others, but they're all noticeably tougher than a normal human.
  • Teleportation with Drawbacks: They can teleport themselves and others across vast distances, although doing so is unpleasant for them. They generally rely on the Machine for teleportation whenever possible.
  • Theseus' Ship Paradox: Eternal minds are reset and restored from the machine’s backups. Eternal bodies are recreated by the machine when the old one is destroyed. So, for example, Sprite in the 2021 series is a brand new body with a mind reset to a ‘safe backup’ at the dawn of human civilization. Nonetheless, some elements of this seem to be averted - when an Eternal dies, their mind instantly returns to the machine (even if they’re beyond its power in space, as A’Lars was), and nothing is lost.
  • The Unseen: Current continuity states that there are 100 Eternals, and almost all of them have now been named - but many have never actually appeared, even if they’re mentioned in passing. Going back further, Sersi's parents Perse and Helios were named in the 1980s, as were Ikaris’s mother Tulayne, Ajak’s parents Amaa and Rakar and Makkari’s parents Veron and Mara. None have ever appeared, though.
  • Time Abyss: The Eternals are now acknowledged as one million years old, significantly older than they were when Kirby first introduced them (e.g. Ikaris was previously stated to be a couple of thousand years old). Even when they have been mentally reset to previous versions, most of that long-term memory remains available.
  • Weak to Magic: A major achilles heel to the Eternals as a whole is a vulnerability to magic.

Advertisement:

Olympian Eternals

Olympia has been the hidden capital of Earth's Eternals for several hundred thousand years and was the focus of many early Eternals comics. As of the 2021 series, it's home to more Eternals than any of their other settlements.
    Aurelle 

Aurelle

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/aurelle_earth_616_from_new_eternals_apocalypse_now_vol_1_1_0001.jpg

Notable Aliases: Sparx

First Appearance: The New Eternals: Apocalypse Now (Vol 1) #1 (December 15, 2000)

Aurelle was a prodigal Eternal, primarily devoted to her own interests rather than those of the Eternal people. She attended the resurrection of Virako in Olympia and soon joined the short-lived team of Eternal "super-heroes" known as the New Breed, calling herself Sparx.


  • Blinded by the Light: She likes using her light powers to blind her opponents.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Her energy form and her clothes are blue and she joined the other Eternals as a superhero.
  • The Bus Came Back: After not being seen since her debut, she's among the Eternals listed as residing in Olympia at the start of the 2021 series.
  • Energy Being: While she has a human identity and appearance, her "hero identity" Sparx has her look as if she's made of light.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in 2000, and never glimpsed or mentioned before. However, like all of Earth’s other Eternals, she’s a million years old and all of the pre-existing characters already know her.

    Ceyote 

Ceyote

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/7749384_ceyote.jpg

Notable Aliases: Thomas Hawk, Tomorrow Hawk

First Appearance: The New Eternals: Apocalypse Now (Vol 1) #1 (December 15, 2000)

Ceyote is a member of the Eternals who was part of the New Breed.


  • Animate Inanimate Object: Ceyote can create animalistic totem creatures that serve him known as Ani-Mates, who are inanimate bestial shaped constructs animated by his powers.
  • Badass Native: Looks the part and his hero identity of Tomorrow Hawk invokes this image.
  • Captain Ethnic: When first seen as Thomas Hawk, Ceyote presents as an Indigenous American with long braided hair, a headband and leather bracelets. As Ceyote he wears an elaborate bird-themed costume with a horned, masked and feathered war-bonnet.
  • The Bus Came Back: After not being seen since his debut, he's among the Eternals listed as residing in Olympia at the start of the 2021 series.
  • Living Statue: As Thomas Hawk, Ceyote’s a sculptor, working on a huge scale. He’s capable of using his Eternal powers to animate a giant golem from one of his stone sculptures. He also animates much smaller statuettes to support him in battle.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Downplayed. Ceyote's daughter, Iris Devereaux, already looks decades older than her father. Whether she's aging at the normal human rate is unclear.
  • Red Is Heroic: His costume as Tomorrow Hawk is mostly red and he's a member of the Eternal Super Team The New Breed.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in 2000, and never glimpsed or mentioned before. However, like all of Earth’s other Eternals, he’s a million years old and all of the pre-existing characters already know him.

    The Delphan Brothers 

The Delphan Brothers

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/delphanbrothers.png

First Appearance: Eternals #11 (February, 1977)

A group of identical brothers who often act as guards and minions for the other Eternals of Olympia. As of the 2021 series, there are definitely four of them (as well as "The Delphan Mother"), but previous stories have shown more at some points.


  • The Bus Came Back: They're not seen at all in the 2021 series (although they're mentioned in passing a couple of times), but do reappear - for the first time since 2015 - in 2022's AXE: Eve of Judgment special.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hit by a Russian helicopter while idly flying over Olympia. Beaten up by Zarin, Aginar and Ikaris. Beaten up by various Avengers. And transformed into armadillos by Sersi. Things tend to go badly for them.
  • The Dividual: They don't seem to have individual names, they dress identically and they always act as a group. According to The Machine, they count as two Eternals.
  • Noodle Incident: In the 2021 series, Druig mentions that they’re unable to take a full part in Eternal politics due to their “unfortunate state”. There are hints that they may not be ‘normal’ Eternals anymore, if they ever were, to begin with.
  • Sibling Rivalry: They get judged as unworthy in the Judgment Day event and fight each other over whose fault it was.

    Domo 

Domo

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/7ef7c0f6_4130_4b44_bbb9_1dc0b8192f48.jpeg

First Appearance: Eternals #5 (August, 1976)

A bureaucrat and technologist who handles domestic affairs at Olympia. Sometimes described as Zuras’s right-hand man. In practice, however, it doesn't really matter who's in charge - Domo is more focused on science than morality, and will aid the Prime Eternal to the best of his ability.


  • The Bus Came Back: After his introduction in the original Kirby series, he isn’t featured in the Gillis, Gaiman or Knauf series at all - after a guest appearance in Avengers (in 1984) his next appearance is a tiny 2012 cameo in Hulk, revealing that he’s one of the Eternals who’s recovered from his amnesia and returned to Olympia. He’s back again in the 2021 series.
  • Elderly Immortal: Domo's always looked significantly older than the average Eternal - in the 2021 series he’s a rake-thin bald man who looks positively elderly, and the Machine describes him as a dodderer who has lived a million years “feeling he is four breaths from death”.
  • Loyal to the Position: Domo serves the Prime Eternal to the best of his ability, whether that means helping Thanos to restore his full power or helping Druig to annihilate the mutant nation of Krakoa. He's more concerned with science than morality. In the 2021 series he briefly considers betraying Thanos - but decides that if Druig, who's generally much better at backstabbing, couldn't trick him, it's just not worth the risk.
  • Non-Action Guy: He’s in a position of some importance, and he presumably has the same sort of physical power as other Eternals. But he’s rarely if ever, shown in any sort of battle. If force is needed, he’s more likely to send the Delphan Brothers.
  • Pet the Dog: Gets this from Thanos, of all people. Thanos kills Domo, as promised, for being unable to solve a scientific problem, but doesn't blame him, thanks him for his honesty, notes he was working with very limited tools and orders the Machine to resurrect him as a top priority.
  • Sensing You Are Outmatched: He's tempted to deceive Thanos, but ultimately decides against it after considering the previous failure of Consummate Liar Druig.
Advertisement:

    Ikaris 

Ikaris

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/et_ikaris_b.jpg

Notable Aliases: "Iceberg" Ike Harris, Sovereign, Isaac "Ike" Harris, Daedalus

First Appearance: Eternals #1 (April, 1976)

An Eternal who possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, and reflexes. He is known for his ability to fly and project cosmic energy beams from his eyes. Son of Virako and Tulayn, grandson of Uranos.


  • Blood Knight: He definitely enjoys fighting, as recognized by Thanos in the 2021 series, who greets him as "a fellow poet of annihilation."
  • Clark Kenting: Ikaris hides his eyes with dark glasses.
  • Clashing Cousins: He and his cousin Druig are each other's worst enemies.
  • Death Seeker: After hearing the truth about resurrections, he begins to feel he and his race should perish.
  • Eye Beams: All Eternals can theoretically use eye beams, but for Ikaris they’re a favourite weapon and he’s exceptionally dangerous with them. He’s spent a million years honing his skills.
  • Flying Brick: All Eternals have some level of this, but Ikaris flies faster and hits harder than almost any of the others. It’s one of many reasons the great machine refers to him as ‘the arrow’.
  • I Am the Noun: The 2021 series, which uses this approach for many Eternals, describes him as the arrow.
  • Icarus Allusion: Kind of obvious with his name. Ikaris's origin is, in some tellings, the basis of the myth of Icarus. The twist is that Ikaris was originally Daedelus and his son was Icarus. After his son died, he took on the name Ikaris himself.
  • Interspecies Romance: With the human Margo Damian. Previous relationships are also hinted at but haven’t been directly portrayed.
  • Kissing Cousins: Downplayed, but Ikaris and Thena are second cousins and the Eternals (2006) series confirms that they've slept together. Then again, Eternal families aren't really biological families, so…
  • Meaningful Rename: Changed his name from Daedalus to Ikaris after the death of his son Icarus.
  • Nephewism: In the original continuity, Ikaris was still a child (by Eternal standards) when his father Virako died in battle. His mother Tulayn had apparently died in a teleportation accident centuries earlier, so he was largely raised by his uncle Valkin.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Has blonde hair and his outfit is red and blue. He's also one of the nicer Eternals.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: In most appearances, he’s almost identical to his father Virako - only their hair colour differs. Thor, who’s already met Virako, sees Ikaris and immediately knows who he is.
  • Sue Donym: In the very first issue he used the alias “Ike Harris”.
  • Suicide Attack: The 2021 series has him realize that he puts too much force into his attacks, and makes Heroic Sacrifices too easily (though part of that is him not realizing the truth about resurrections). He goes to Ransak for advice on how to fight with better care for himself and others.
  • Superman Substitute: Shares the powers of flight, strength and heat vision, and dresses in red and blue.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He’s made some questionable decisions over the years:
    • He led the Olympian Eternals to ally with the High Evolutionary, capturing the Silver Surfer and the Super-Skrull to map their DNA as part of a plan to upgrade the entire human race. Ikaris was unconcerned when the Olympian machines used - calibrated for Earth’s Deviants rather than alien Skrulls - effectively tortured the Super-Skrull.
    • When he turned up to Avengers Mansion to retrieve Sersi (who was an Avengers member at the time), he appeared in an explosion that damaged the building, immediately demanded she was surrendered to him, and then turned his eye beams on Captain America - who’d verbally objected to this - rather than trying to explain what was going on. Sprite made a point of telling him just how stupid this was.

    Kingo Sunen 

Kingo Sunen

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ba92747c_9d29_4741_ba90_b109b728fa6c.jpeg

Notable Aliases: Skullathar the Destructorite

First Appearance: Eternals #11 (February, 1977)

A samurai, master swordsman, film star and producer. In the original Jack Kirby series, before the Soft Reboot, it was said that he hailed from a Japanese settlement of Eternals in the mountains overlooking the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido.


  • Arrow Catch: Fast enough to do this in the 2021 series. He then compliments the archer on their technique.
  • Ascended Extra: He’s not in the 2006 series or the Knauf series at all, he only has a cameo in the original Kirby series and he’s very much supporting cast when he does appear in the Gillis/Simonson series. However, the 2021 series promotes him to the core cast (as did the Eternals film).
  • Bald Head of Toughness: For the 2021 series, he's completely bald and one of the best fighters among the Eternals, plus the general toughness that comes with his Eternal nature.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: In the Kirby series it's mentioned that he's a famous movie star who loves to play samurai — the implication being that his secret identity is Toshiro Mifune.
  • Dual Wielding: Fights with two katanas.
  • Fights Like a Normal: To some degree he's a Flying Brick like the other Eternals, and possesses their general powerset, but he prefers to fight using samurai skills.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: He has a thing for Asian culture, specifically Japan, having dressed in samurai and ninja clothing at different points in the comics. On the other hand, he's a million years old and it's unclear just how much of Japan's history he lived through while dwelling there.
  • I Am the Noun: The 2021 series, which uses this approach for many Eternals, describes Kingo as the smiling mask.
  • Large Ham: His actor background means he tends to make over-the-top performances. He gets into one act in the 2021 comic, when stalling the Avengers as a space villain named Skullathar.
  • Manly Facial Hair: A thin mustache and goatee, fitting for a samurai and hammy movie star.
  • The Movie Buff: In the 2021 series, he is seen to enjoy films and hammy performances. This could be a trait from his MCU version, who is a film star.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Was this at one point. He thought he should assassinate the Mongol general Subotai to save people, but on consideration decided to spare his life and see what happens. Subotai died of a stroke and his troops returned home. He learnt that the right thing to do isn't always obvious or easy and that a bit of patience can make a difference.

    Phastos 

Phastos

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/7748142_phastos.jpg

Notable Aliases: Hephaestus, Vulcan, Ceasefire, Phillip Stoss

First Appearance: Eternals (Vol. 2) #1 (July, 1985)

An Eternal who was often mistaken for the Greek god Hephaestus. He built most of the Eternals' devices, including the sword of Kingo Sunen and the flight harness used by Icarus. The hammer he carries has the power to manipulate machinery in ways the Eternals' own matter control powers can not.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: Of the 2021 comic. He's the one who found out the Eternals's secret of Human Resources (though it's mentioned that Eternals find out and get their minds wiped periodically), and he's the one who captured Thanos and used him as a henchman in the first arc. As such, this carries over into the second arc, where Thanos invades Lemuria to capture him for his knowledge.
  • Drop the Hammer: Often wields a hammer as a tool for work and combat.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the 2021 series, he decided that the Eternals were an impediment to protecting Earth due to their draining of life force from ordinary humans, and tried to wipe them out. Unfortunately, the Eternals and Earth are connected such that if one dies, both die.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Finding out that The Machine uses humans to give life to the Eternals is what causes his Face–Heel Turn.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He’s willing to surrender to (and be killed by) Thanos if it saved lives in Lemuria and buys his friends more time.
  • I Am the Noun: The 2021 series, which uses this approach for many Eternals, describes him as the forge and the hammer.
  • Manly Facial Hair: A well-trimmed beard, which contrasts with his more unkempt Olympian counterpart, and he's pretty manly, like most Eternals.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: He regularly makes attempts to help out humans but they often go awry. He uplifted some cavemen and gave them powered armor to safeguard vulnerable new species as the Evolutionaries, which they carried out by committing genocide of the antagonizing species. He went along with Zuras' plan to eliminate all superhumans. His latest screwup was an attempt to leash Thanos for a plot to disconnect the Eternals from the Machine, unaware the two are inextricably linked and succeeding would destroy the world.
  • Powered Armor: During his brief stint as Ceasefire, he wore a power suit like the one used by the Evolutionaries.
  • Redemption Equals Life: While he revived a Celestial, he passed on knowledge to the X-Men for its destruction. This attempt to repair his own mistakes gets him a thumbs-up from the Progenitor.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: He wouldn't have been confused with the actual Hephaestus if he wasn't. Among other feats, he helped create the Powered Armor of the Evolutionaries.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He had a good reason for his Face–Heel Turn in the 2021 series. Much the same applied in his New Warriors appearance, where he’d been misled into believing that the only way to save humanity was to act against Earth’s non-Eternal superhumans.

    Psykos 

Psykos

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/psykos_earth_616_from_new_eternals_apocalypse_now_vol_1_1_001.jpg

Notable Aliases: Psyche, Ronnie Sykes

First Appearance: The New Eternals: Apocalypse Now (Vol 1) #1 (December 15, 2000)


  • Antihero: He’s reckless with his powers and deliberately takes the violent solution to a hostage situation, mocking his enemy and smiling at the pain he causes.
  • Badass Cape: His Psyche outfit came with an impressive black cape.
  • The Bus Came Back: Like the rest of the New Breed, he's one of the Eternals listed as residing in Olympia at the start of the 2021 series after not being seen or mentioned since his debut.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Covers his left eye with one as Psyche.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Uses this on humans. After using mind control to end a hostage situation by making the ringleader shoot himself in the legs, Psykos ensures that witnesses remember a different version of events.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in 2000, and never glimpsed or mentioned before. However, like all of Earth’s other Eternals, he’s a million years old and all of the pre-existing characters already know him.

    Sersi 

Sersi

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/eternals_vol_5_1_dauterman_variant_textless_2.jpg

Notable Aliases: Circe, Sylvia Sersy, Mesmer, Sorceress

First Appearance: Venus #9 (January, 1950) note ; Eternals #3 (June, 1976) note 

Sersi, initially summarized in the 2021 series as “complicated”, is a keeper of secrets, a charming social butterfly who enjoys human society, and said to be the most skilled and powerful matter-transmuter of the Eternals. She encountered - and later joined - the Avengers after inviting them to one of her parties and meeting her long-lost "cousin" Starfox of the Titan Eternals.


  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Perse and Helios were named as her parents in the 1980s, but have remained The Unseen. The 2021 series does mention that they’re both living in Olympia.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Sersi can transmute nearly any item, or being, into almost whatever she wishes.
  • Bathing Beauty: She says she was one of these back in ancient Rome.
  • Battle Couple: With Avengers teammate Dane Whitman, the Black Knight.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Sersi is the sorceress Circe from Greek Mythology.
    Sersi: The Greek storytellers could never spell my name right.
  • Breakout Character: Of all the Eternals, Sersi is easily the most prominent, being one of only two Eternals that have been part of the Avengers.
  • Color Motifs: She uses green as her prominent color, and has taken to wearing purple as of the 2021 series.
  • Deathless and Debauched: The Hard-Drinking Party Girl and The Tease of the Eternal race, having lived for over a thousand years enjoying life and finding pleasure in any way she can. According to Sprite (in his male depiction), he was the only straight male Eternal that Sersi hasn't slept with, and that's because he has the body of a child.
  • The Dreaded: Amongst the Eternals, it's said that even Prime-Eternal Zuras, mightiest of all Eternals, fears the power of Sersi.
  • Emerald Power: She is one of the most alluring and enigmatic Eternals, and she commonly dresses up in green.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She is the most fun-loving and hedonistic of the Eternals, much to Thena's annoyance.
  • Healing Factor: All Eternals have some scope for this, but Sersi’s an expert. In addition to natural healing, she can heal herself or others using her molecular control powers. She once reconstructed her own arm after it was disintegrated.
  • I Am the Noun: Played with. The 2021 series uses this approach for many Eternals. But when it reaches Sersi, the machine pauses for once... and then opts to describe her as “complicated”.
  • Immortal Apathy: She admits that she has learned to care less about humans and their exploitation by the Machine to keep her sanity.
  • Interspecies Romance: Anytime she has a relationship with a human it counts as this, but most specifically with her teammate Dane Whitman, the second Black Knight.
  • Master of Illusion: Sersi is skilled in the use of illusions. Her illusions affect all five senses and are virtually indistinguishable from the 'real thing'. Her illusions are so effective, it's often difficult to tell whether she is employing illusions or her matter-rearranging abilities.
  • Most Common Superpower: She has a voluptuous body with huge breasts. What Powergirl does for the JSA, Sersi does for the Avengers.
    • Comic artist Mike Deodato has stated that Sersi was one of his biggest sources of inspiration as a teenager, and it's not hard to see why given some of his artistic predilections.
  • Ms. Fanservice: When you're initially conceived as a "flirtatious demi-goddess not afraid to take her clothes off" in the 1970's, you know you're destined to be this kind of character.
  • Really Gets Around: According to Sprite, she has slept with every straight adult male Eternal. In the 2021 series, she says she wouldn't destroy the Earth because it'd leave her with nobody to sleep with.
  • She's Got Legs: Most of her many costumes show them off.
  • Purple Is Powerful: For her return on the 2021 series she trades her green outfit for a purple one.
  • The Tease: During her time with the Avengers, she started a flirtation with Captain America (much to his embarrassment).
  • Telepathy: Sersi can psychically communicate, read minds, and project her thoughts into other people. She can compel the distracted or weak-minded to do her bidding through hypnosis
  • Teleportation with Drawbacks: She can teleport herself and others across vast distances although doing so is unpleasant for Eternals.
  • Transmutation: Sersi's special ability is matter rearrangement and she is the only fifth level adept (the highest level possible among Eternals) in that discipline. Amongst the Eternals it is said that even Prime-Eternal Zuras, the mightiest of all Eternals, fear her.

    Sprite 

Sprite

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/e_sprite.jpg

Notable Aliases: Puck, Robin Goodfellow, Colín, Peter Frickin' Pan, Excluded "SP"

First Appearance: Eternals #9 (December, 1976)

The trickster. Sprite is an illusionist, and seemingly the only Eternal with the form of a child, never growing up (and occasionally quite bitter about that fact). Historically, they've been portrayed as a resident of Olympia, but as of the start of the 2021 series, they've been elsewhere for a while.


  • Back from the Dead: Zuras kills the now-mortal Sprite at the end of the 2006 series. As he’s no longer Eternal, it seems this will be the end. And it’s possible that that version of Sprite is dead - but the 2021 series reveals that this won’t stop the great machine from creating a new body and placing a backup of Sprite’s mind into it. There is no escape from Eternal Resurrective Immortality.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: When Toby Robson asks her if she's ever killed anyone, Sprite jokingly says she’s killed oodles, confident that nobody would find that phrasing scary. Unless they see just how many people she means by ‘oodles’.
  • Big Bad: Of the 2006 series. She’s very sheepish about it in the 2021 series after she’s restored to a safe backup without those memories and Ikaris explains just what she did.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Sprite is one highly annoying little bastard.
  • Depending on the Artist: Sprite’s apparent age and height have shifted a little over the years, especially in guest appearances. One story from the Avengers portrayed him as wiry but muscular, seemingly at the end of his teens, and only a head shorter than Ikaris or the Black Knight.
  • Emerald Power: Shares this trait with Sersi.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the 2006 series, where he becomes the Big Bad, almost destroying the Eternals and the world so that he could become mortal.
  • I Am the Noun: Averted. Which is only notable because every other member of the 2021 series’s core cast gets this treatment from the narrator (even if it’s subverted a little for some of them). Not Sprite, though.
  • Immortal Immaturity: He's not very mature because of his inability to grow.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Being the same age and fairly androgynous to begin with, when Sprite is revived as female, she doesn't look much different than when she was male.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: Became very disillusioned with being stuck as a child for millennia. On resurrection, as a girl, she seems less bothered with it - for the time being, anyway.
  • Really 700 Years Old: All of Earth’s Eternals are a million years old. But Sprite’s the only one who’s permanently in a child’s form.
  • Ret-Canon: Resurrected as a girl at the start of the 2021 series, matching her portrayal in the Eternals film.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Was imprisoned in the Exclusion immediately before the start of the 2021 series. She’s the only Eternal we’ve seen with an Exclusion sentence commuted.
  • Sex Shifter: After the full reset of the Eternals at the start of the 2021 series, Sprite was resurrected as a girl (matching their portrayal in the MCU Eternals film).
  • The Trickster: He pranked humans for centuries under various guises, inspiring Shakespeare's character of the same name.

    Suyin King 

Suyin King

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/chi_demon_earth_616_from_new_eternals_apocalypse_now_vol_1_1_0001.jpg

Notable Aliases: Chi-Demon, Professor King

First Appearance: The New Eternals: Apocalypse Now (Vol 1) #1 (December 15, 2000)

The Eternal known in modern times as Suyin King was operating as a college professor in America.


  • All in the Manual: Professor King didn't have a first name in New Eternals, but it’s provided in a data page for a Civil War book and later repeated in 2021 series data pages.
  • The Bus Came Back: After not being seen since her debut, she's among the Eternals listed as residing in Olympia at the start of the 2021 series.
  • Dragon Lady: Her Chi-Demon look invokes the trope, with the red facial markings and dragon tattoos.
  • Cleavage Window: Her Chi-Demon look comes with an opening for her cleavage.
  • Flaming Sword: Wields a sword that she can set on fire.
  • Hot Teacher: Worked as a college professor and either as a civilian or as Chi-Demon, very hot.
  • Real Name as an Alias: She's living in human society as a professor, under the name Suyin King. In the 2021 series, the Machine’s data page confirms that her 'true' Eternal name is also Suyin King.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in 2000, and never glimpsed or mentioned before. However, like all of Earth’s other Eternals, she’s a million years old and all of the pre-existing characters already know her.
  • Totally Not a Werewolf: She's mistaken for a mutant by a group of racist students, and she has to use her powers to drive them away.

    Titanis 

Titanis

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/titanis_earth_616_from_new_warriors_vol_5_12_001.jpg

First Appearance: Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions #1 (June, 1982)

An Olympian Eternal who first appeared when she was captured to take part in the 'Contest of Champions' (alongside Ikaris, Sersi and Ajak). She didn’t play any direct part in the contest and wasn’t seen in any stories again until she helped Zuras try to destroy all of Earth’s superhumans (in New Warriors), in the mistaken belief that the Celestials would otherwise return to destroy Earth.

As of 2021, she's one of the few Eternals who's only ever appeared in other Marvel titles, not in an actual Eternals comic.


  • All There in the Manual: Until the Eternals (2021) series listed all of Earth’s Eternals on a data page, Titanis had never actually been named in the comics, only in the Marvel Universe handbooks.
  • Ascended Extra: She appears in just one panel of Contest of Champions, and isn’t even included in the cast list at the back of the book. Titanis plays a much more significant role when she reappears as one of the antagonists in New Warriors, even if she’s essentially just an Elite Mook for Zuras.
  • The Bus Came Back: After an initial cameo in Contest of Champions in 1982, she didn’t appear again until a New Warriors story in 2014.
  • Eye Beams: All Eternals can potentially use eye beams, but Titanis seems skilled enough to rely on them in battle.
  • Flying Brick: All Eternals have some elements of this, but she's fast enough to keep up with the superhero Nova, a flyer often referred to as “the human rocket” - she even pursues him into space.
  • The Quiet One: As of 2021, her only dialogue in any of her appearances seems to be a single "No." while duelling Nova in New Warriors.

    Zuras 

Zuras

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/7749177_zuras.jpg

Notable Aliases: Father Zuras, Jupiter, Prime Eternal, (Zuras has often been mistaken for the Olympian god Zeus)

First Appearance: Red Raven Comics #1 (May, 1940) note ; The Eternals #5 (August, 1976) note 

Zuras is the son of Kronos and Daina, brother of A'Lars (Mentor) and father of Thena. After his father's transformation, he's mostly been the leader of Olympia and the overall ruler of Earth's Eternals, the Prime-Eternal.


  • A God I Am Not: As he discusses with Tony Stark in issue 7 of the 2006 series:
    Zuras: My people aren't heroes, Iron Man. We have been here since the dawn of time. You are Homo sapiens, we are Homo immortalis. We were your gods.
    Iron Man: I've met a few gods in my time. You, sir, are no god.
    Zuras: Ha! No, I'm not!
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Can be seen as the counterpart of DC's Highfather, being the bearded ruler of an immortal race.
  • Back from the Dead: After being dead for several years and serving as a Spirit Advisor, he was resurrected during the 2006 series. He’s died again at least three times since then but has generally returned more quickly.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: He was initially portrayed as one of the oldest Eternals, and one with somewhat less human priorities as a result. Even though later continuity established that all Eternals are the same age, he’s still got this mindset. The 2021 series with its Human Resources revelation illustrates this.
  • Cool Old Guy: Is this to his grandson Joey, though the two had a rocky start.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is less evil and more antagonistic. With that said, he shows sincere devotion to his pet dog Socrates and his grandson Joey.
  • Evil Nephew: His nephew happens to be Thanos.
  • Evil Redhead: In a sense. He is redheaded and as a leader of the Eternals considers that many things are his fault, and as the leader, he must bear that burden. These things include killing Sprite, though he later approved the resurrected Sprite’s release from the Exclusion, and the conspiracy over the Eternal's resurrection.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the 2014 New Warriors series he’s presented as the Big Bad, allied with supervillain the High Evolutionary to try to eliminate Earth’s non-Eternal superhumans, and claiming that their existence will cause the Celestials to destroy the Earth. It’s made pretty clear that he’s lying about the Celestials - and the New Warriors directly call him out on it - but he silences the High Evolutionary before Phastos and other Eternals can get to the truth.
  • Foreshadowing: In a 2012 guest appearance in Hulk, he’s becoming increasingly concerned that mortal heroes with great power have no qualms about causing chaos and meddling in a way that the Eternals have generally tried to avoid. When he next appears, in New Warriors, he's decided that the mortal superhumans need to be eliminated.
  • Hereditary Republic: Once Kronos is gone Zuras and his brother A'Lars take it for granted that one of them will inherit the role of Prime Eternal (it's 'their turn', as they see it), even though it's an elected position. And they're right.
  • Manly Facial Hair: Has a red beard and is the leader of Earth's Eternals.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's fairly okay as leader of the Eternals. Of course, their nature and morality are different from humans.

Polarian Eternals

Polaria, the second city of Earth's Eternals, is hidden within the arctic circle.
    Akpaxa 

Akpaxa

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/et_akpaxa_2.jpg

First Appearance: Eternals (Vol. 4) #6 (December, 2008)

A Polarian Eternal who was one of Druig's followers when he seized control of the nation of Vorozheika. She later fought the X-Men alongside Druig’s other recruits, before joining forces with them to help defend Earth from the Horde.


  • Back for the Dead: Briefly reappears in the first arc of the 2021 series. Druig asks her to fetch drinks for his guests - and as soon as she reappears, Thanos attacks the assembled Eternals and immediately kills her. Given their Resurrective Immortality it's unlikely to last, but as of March 2022, she hasn’t reappeared again.
  • Elite Mook: Essentially her role in Druig’s Vorozheikan faction. She’s not portrayed as one of his more dangerous allies, and despite being a fully powered Eternal, she was unable to break free when the X-Men’s Angel - no stronger than a normal human - grabbed her hair and caught her in a chokehold.
  • Hand Blasts: From the little we’ve seen of her in battle, these seem to be Akpaxa’s preferred attack.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in the 2008 Knauf series and never mentioned before. But, like all of Earth’s Eternals, she’s a million years old and well known to the others.

    Betilakk, the Interloper 

The Interloper

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/interloper.png

Notable Aliases: Interloper, Will Fanshawe

First Appearance: Defenders #147 (September, 1985)

A solitary Polar Eternal who’s spent millennia battling against the Dragon of the Moon. He left his isolation to assist the Defenders after their telepathic member Moondragon was fully possessed by her namesake.

Probably the most prominent Eternal who’s not yet appeared in an Eternals series, only in other titles.


  • Back for the Dead: At the start of the 2021 series, he’s mentioned as one of the Eternals resurrected by the machine. He’s Killed Offscreen by Thanos two issues later, without actually making an appearance in the comic.
  • Eye Beams: All Eternals can potentially use them, but the Interloper is very effective with them, and they seem to be his weapon of choice.
  • Gentle Giant: The guy stands at 8’/244cm tall, yet he was content to wander the Siberian wilderness without interacting much with other people. And despite his stature, he's not a brawler in battle, preferring to use mental powers and ranged attacks.
  • Killed Offscreen: In the 2021 series, when Thanos attacks Polaria.
  • The Magnificent: With his Given Name Reveal in the 2021 series, his nickname was repositioned as an epithet.
  • Manly Facial Hair: Has a pretty impressive beard - and is an Eternal.
  • Meaningful Appearance: Has a hat that makes him look gentlemanly.
  • The Mentor: To supervillain Manslaughter. He was impressed at Manslaughter tracking him down - the only human to find him in centuries - so taught him how to use his latent psychic powers.
  • Only Friend: Claims that the only other Eternal he befriended was The Forgotten One since they both were loners even amongst their kind.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Introduced as “The Interloper” towards the end of the Defenders series in 1985, Betilakk’s name was only revealed on a data page when the Machine rebooted the Eternals at the start of the 2021 series.
  • Pelts of the Barbarian: Dresses in furs and leather, including fingerless bearskin gloves that still have the claws attached.
  • Walk on Water: Can presumably fly, like other Eternals, but seems to prefer this.

    Druig 

Druig

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/2588700_578031_sc00029e81_copy.jpg

Notable Aliases: Ivan Druig, Druig of Nightmares

First Appearance: Eternals #11 (February, 1977)

Druig, Lord of Flames and Nightmares, is a Polarian Eternal, grandson of Uranos, son of Valkin and cousin to Ikaris. A former member of the genocidal Uranite faction and a power-hungry schemer, Druig is a disappointment to his father.

His current body is East Asian in appearance, whereas his previous one was Caucasian, as was the form he had when he clashed with Thor and the Deviant Dromedan many centuries ago - although flashbacks to the 13th century show him using the same East Asian appearance at that time.


  • Animal Motifs: The 2021 comic associates Druig with a snake.
    • The "Immortal X-Men" comic has the religious-minded mutant Exodus imagine Druig as a hydra beast, with one head bearing Druig's goatee.
  • Back from the Dead: He was killed off at the end of the original Jack Kirby series (1977) and wasn’t resurrected until the 2006 series introduced the Eternals’ Resurrective Immortality.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He was one of the Uranites, but eventually betrayed them, saving the Earth. He is also the one who defeated Thanos in the 2021 comic.
    Druig: If I did not join the Uranites and then betray them, the world would be a ball of rock. You admire Ikaris, but Ikaris made no difference in the war. He punched. He blustered. He acted like a hero. I understand that you prefer a heroic style to actual results, father. Some of us believe in content.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a goatee, and is one of the few Eternals that are evil. Noticeably averted with his MCU version.
  • Clashing Cousins: He's the biggest foe of his cousin Ikaris.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The Judgment Day event sees him join the mutant-research center the Damocles Foundation.note 
  • Crazy-Prepared: Thanos, wary that Druig might know how to activate the Explosive Leash failsafe that Phastos had created to control him, killed Druig and then resurrected him with Laser-Guided Amnesia. Before dying, Druig arranged a Betrayal Insurance plan to posthumously trigger the failsafe if Thanos took certain actions. When it activates it's even accompanied by a recorded message telling Thanos why he's about to die.
  • Everybody Has Standards: After having witnessed Uranos at work on Arakko, he is distinctly reluctant to let him out a second time.
  • I Am the Noun: The 2021 series, which uses this approach for many Eternals, describes Druig as the snake.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's basically an Expy of Loki in this regard, when dealing with beings he can't terrify into submission. He tries it on Thanos in the 2021 series, and gets bluntly shut down. Apparently, as "lickspittles" go, he doesn't really compare to Mephisto. Despite this, he still ends up as Thanos's right hand man, and eventually betrays and replaces him as Prime Eternal.
  • Paper Tiger: His tenure as Prime Eternal is bitterly marked by his being pushed around by Uranos on difficult decisions.
  • Pointy Ears: He's got pointy ears on the 2021 series, signifying his devious mindset.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He's perfectly willing to bide his time and, where necessary, be helpful to more heroic Eternals - if it serves his interests.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Acts as one to Thanos in the 2021 comic, though he considers himself more a "people-pleaser". It doesn't make him less dangerous; the Machine points out that venom is a specialized form of saliva. His betrayal and usurping of Thanos proves this.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His armour - and most of the outfits he wears - in the Gaiman and Knauf series are black and red (he preferred red and pale blue in the original Kirby series)
  • Ret-Canon: Notably averted in the 2021 series. He’s the only Eternal from the MCU adaptation who still has an appearance and personality significantly different from their film equivalent.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Druig engineers Thanos’s election as the new Prime Eternal. Thanos’s first action is to kill him.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: For the 2021 series his clothes are purple and green, and he's still the most antagonistic of the Eternals.
  • Smug Snake: The Machine identifies Druig as the snake, and he fittingly is charming, treacherous, but not always as clever as he thinks he is.
  • Telepathy: This is his specific trade, just as Sersi's is transmogrification and Makkari's is speed. He even assists Thanos in invading his father's mind.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He's the only Eternal associated with Olympia that is evil. He even lampshades it in the 2021 series.
  • Touché: Thanos outsmarts Druig, kills him and resurrects him with Laser-Guided Amnesia. Upon reviving, after immediately working out why and what happened, he gives Thanos a smile and says “Masterfully done.
  • Trauma Button: One of Druig's powers is the ability to find people's deepest, darkest fears and exploit them to control their minds.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The Judgment Day comic sees him enjoying doughnuts.
  • Underestimating Badassery: On the receiving end. Druig generally prefers to avoid hand-to-hand combat, but centuries ago he decided to swoop down from the sky and wrestle a suspicious figure who was fighting some mortals. It was Thor. It did not go well for Druig.
  • Villainous Valor: He is noted to have great tenacity and determination and will work hard to achieve his ends... except it will only ever be for his own ends.

    Legba 

Legba

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/legba_0.png

First Appearance: Eternals (Vol. 4) #1 (August, 2008)

A decadent Eternal who allies with Druig when he takes control of Vorozheika. Sometimes the voice of reason for Druig’s faction, and possibly the closest thing Druig has to a friend.


  • A Day in the Limelight: The 2009 Eternals annual, where he’s the only representative of Druig’s faction, gives him an awful lot more screen time and dialogue than any of his other appearances. Also, he saves the day.
  • Affably Evil: Friendly and talkative, even if he has limited patience with people who assume he’s just Druig’s catspaw.
  • Break Them by Talking: When the Young Gods return and take control of Madripoor, the other Eternals immediately start fighting them. Whereas Legba finds their leader Varuna - who’s protected by her psychic force shield - and spends the time eating sushi and chatting to her. Eventually, he makes a comment that causes her to briefly doubt her convictions. And then he decapitates her with Eye Beams before she can regain her focus on the shield.
  • The Hedonist: Apparently the actual Emperor Commodus, of all people, labelled Legba as a "sybarite" during an orgy. And he should know. Bonus points for the fact that this is an anecdote shared by Legba himself - he seems quite proud of it.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in 2008 after a passing mention in the 2006 series - and never mentioned before that. But like all of Earth’s Eternals, he’s been there for a million years - and Druig knows him very well.
  • Sinister Minister: While amnesiac after Sprite’s reality-warping, he ends up as a hypocritical fire-and-brimstone Louisiana preacher, extremely fond of the pleasures of the flesh.

    Valkin 

Valkin

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/valkin.png

First Appearance: Red Raven Comics #1 (May, 1940) note ; Eternals #11 (February, 1977) note 

Ikaris's uncle and Druig's father, son of Uranos and leader of the Polarian Eternals. Valkin spent much of the Cold War as a KGB officer, Colonel Vulcannin, trying to subtly reduce tension between the west and the USSR to avoid open war.


  • The Bus Came Back: Before the 2021 series, his only appearance since 1998 was a flashback in a 2011 Thor story. He gets a mention in the first issue of the new series, then gets Killed Offscreen by Thanos two issues later (Resurrective Immortality means this is temporary) and makes a proper return in 2022 special The Heretic.
  • Disappointed in You: His son Druig is a huge disappointment to him.
    Valkin: Once more, you are a disappointment, Druig. Once more. I would rather the Celestials had carved me a statue in dung than given you to me.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Brother Tode’s Deviants captured the Eternals and tortured some to death. After Tode was defeated, Valkin insisted on “most of Earth’s Deviant population” being molecularly translated and compressed into a cube, which was then left floating in space. The process was described as fatal and irreversible. Subsequent stories suggested that it was actually just “the elite of Lemuria” who suffered that fate, and Tode and some of his troops may well have warranted the death penalty, but...
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Colonel Vulcannin was frequently seen with his pipe.
  • False Flag Operation: Arranges an impromptu one to support Makkari in the 1950s, convincing a Soviet spy captured by the USA that Makkari’s NSA agent identity “Jake Curtiss” is actually a double agent working for Vulcannin and the USSR.
  • In the Blood: He possesses great mental abilities, just like his son Druig.
  • Killed Offscreen: In the 2021 series, when Thanos attacks Polaria. He gets better.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Valkin’s very skilled with his mental powers and was even able to inflict this on Thor when they first met, centuries ago.
  • Mole in Charge: Colonel Vulcannin holds a very senior role in the KGB, but his true loyalties aren’t with the USSR.
  • Nephewism: In the original continuity, Valkin’s nephew Ikaris was still a child (by Eternal standards) when his father Virako died in battle. His mother Tulayn had apparently died in a teleportation accident centuries earlier, so he was largely raised by Valkin, and the two have remained close.
  • Overt Operative: Admittedly he’s not a KGB field agent, but “Colonel Vulcannin” is apparently so well known that a Soviet spy in America can be relied on to recognize him on sight.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Thanos has him Excluded when he refuses to support the new order.
  • Secret Police: Spent at least part of the Cold War in the role of Colonel Vulcannin of the KGB.
  • Signature Headgear: He's almost always seen with his winged headgear.

    Virako 

Virako

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/virako.png

First Appearance: Thor Annual #7 (September, 1978)

A polar Eternal. Father of Ikaris, son of Uranos and friend of Thor. Virako was killed a thousand years ago, sacrificing himself in a battle against the Deviants, so wasn’t part of the original Jack Kirby cast. He was eventually resurrected in modern times, but has remained a background character and hasn’t generally been portrayed as close to his son.


  • Back for the Dead: At the start of the 2021 series, he’s mentioned as one of the Eternals resurrected by the machine. He’s Killed Offscreen by Thanos two issues later, without actually making an appearance in the comic.
  • Back from the Dead: One of the first Eternals to be resurrected, back before their Resurrective Immortality was established as part of the mythos. Phastos managed to reconstitute his body a thousand years after he died.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Thor: The Deviants Saga, which sees the resurrected Virako, one of only two Eternals left in Olympia, reunited with his old comrade Thor. He even narrates the opening sequence for one issue.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: In Thor: The Deviants Saga he comments that after a thousand years dead, he feels disconnected from his fellow Eternals.
  • Killed Offscreen: In the 2021 series, when Thanos attacks Polaria.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: In most appearances, he’s almost identical to Ikaris - only their hair colour differs. Thor, who knows Virako, sees Ikaris for the first time and immediately realizes who he is.
  • Suicide Attack: On the Deviants’ World-Devouring Worm, centuries ago. Virako irradiates himself and flies down its throat before unleashing a fatal explosion.
  • We Are as Mayflies: When he’s resurrected in the 2000 New Eternals special, he really doesn’t understand why everyone’s so concerned about the humans.

The Celestian Priests

The six Eternal priests (six is a holy number for Eternals) - each one with a different title and responsibility - are based in the hidden South American city of Celestia.
    In General 

In General

  • The Ghost: I-Chel ("Keeper of the Skies"), The Delphan Mother ("Keeper of the Soil") and Harpokratis ("Keeper of the Mysteries") have been mentioned, but never appeared.
  • Numerological Motif: Six is an important number to Eternals (and High-Tech Hexagons are a recurring feature). And so there are six priests.

    Ajak 

Ajak

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/651382_etrnlsv2007_cov.jpg

Notable Aliases: Quetzacoatl, Tecumotzin, Lord of Flight, Ajax the Greater, He Who Talks To Celestials

First Appearance: Eternals #2 (May, 1976)

One of the Eternals' Celestian Priests, the "Keeper of the Old Ways" and spokesperson for the Third and Fourth Host of the Celestials on Earth.


  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Ajak’s parents Amaa and Rakar were named in the 1980s, but have remained The Unseen ever since. The 2021 series at least establishes that Amaa’s living in Polaria and Rakar’s in Olympia. For that matter, although Ajak’s brother Arex has appeared as a minor character in some Eternals stories, he’s never been shown interacting with Ajak.
  • Back from the Dead: They’re killed at the end of The Herod Factor (1991) and don’t return until the 2006 series introduces the initial version of Eternal Resurrective Immortality.
  • Cool Helmet: Has an Inca-inspired helmet.
  • Crisis of Faith: Happens to her at least twice -
    • When the Dreaming Celestial chose to speak to Makkari instead, Ajak was furious, felt abandoned, and killed Makkari.
    • When the Celestials cease communication after telling her they no longer need the Eternals, it hits her very hard. When they talk to the Avengers directly, without the cryptic messages she received for a million years, that makes it even worse.
    • All of this then finds a very violent outlet when she realises that a Celestial ghost isn’t protected by the Principles.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After Makkari was chosen as a priest by the Dreaming Celestial, Ajak took it pretty badly and arranged his murder. Flashbacks and events in the 2021 series make it clear that this is a recurring sore point for Ajak, and they’re quite prepared to kill anyone who offends their faith in the Celestials.
  • Face–Monster Turn: In The Herod Factor, Doctor Damian uses the machines of Celestia to mutate Ajak into a bestial form and then sends him out on a killing spree in the human world. Once Ajak regains self-control and realizes what Damian’s done to him, he kills both of them.
  • The Fundamentalist: Her devotion to the Celestials turns her into this at times.
  • I Am the Noun: The 2021 series, which uses this approach for many Eternals, describes Ajak as the believer.
  • Mission from God: Apart from their service to the Celestials, Ajak’s also on good terms with the Inca gods. Tezcatlipoca asks them to step in and represent the Incan, Aztec and Mayan pantheons on a mission during the Secret Invasion crossover.
  • The Mutiny: During Secret Invasion he decides to act against Hercules and seize the leadership of the ‘god squad’. And he does this at the very last minute, physically attacking Hercules after they encounter the Skrull deities they’re trying to defeat. It gets Atum and Ajak himself killed.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Usually seen with a purple cloak.
  • Ret-Canon: Resurrected as a woman in the 2021 series, matching her portrayal in the Eternals film. Flashbacks in Celestia show her wearing the same form as her first body, a million years ago.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Spent centuries asleep in Peru, awaiting the return of the Celestials.
  • Sex Shifter: Ajak was originally portrayed as male in the comics, but after the full reset of the Eternals at the start of the 2021 series, they was resurrected as a woman (matching their portrayal in the MCU Eternals film). Flashbacks and narration subsequently confirm that they were originally female when first created by the Celestials, a million years ago.
  • Underestimating Badassery: During Secret Invasion Ajak chooses to duel Kly’bn, the last Skrull Eternal. Kly’bn points out that he’s now a deity, not just an Eternal - and Ajak finds himself outmatched.
  • Yandere: She would kill for the Celestials and their commands. She once killed Makkari when he got the role of Celestial herald, and when she heard the Avengers got their hands on a Celestial body for a base she deemed them heretics exploiting a god's corpse and is last seen stirring up fellow Eternals for an attack on them.
  • Zeroth Law Rebellion: When she discovers that a Celestial's ghost isn't technically protected by the Principles, and doesn't like some of its answers, her Yandere and Fundamentalist tendencies are redirected into a very vicious beating.

    Makkari 

Makkari

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ezgif_3_b3203298beed.jpg

Notable Aliases: Mike Khary, Frank Harper, Mark Curry, Jake Curtiss, Major Mercury, Hurricane, Mercury, Adam Clayton, Mac Curry, Michael Gray, Thoth

First Appearance: Red Raven Comics #1 (May, 1940) note ; Captain America Comics #1 (December, 1940) note ; Eternals #5 (August, 1976) note 

Makkari is the fastest of the Eternals and was specifically created by the Dreaming Celestial, who wanted to optimize an Eternal as a speedster.

When the Dreaming Celestial finally wakes, Makkari is chosen as its representative on Earth, joining the Eternal priests as their "Keeper of the New Ways".

In older Eternals comics, Makkari was portrayed as a Caucasian man. However, in the 2021 series they are resurrected as a Black woman, in line with the character’s appearance in the Eternals film.


  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Their parents Veron and Mara were named in the 1980s, but have remained The Unseen. The 2021 series confirms that they’re both in Olympia.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Immediately before the 2021 series, Makkari becomes deaf and mute, only able to communicate through sign language. She's also lost her active telepathy, although she can hold a telepathic conversation if someone else starts it. She's still the fastest of all Eternals.
  • Cool Shades: Sports some really cool eye protection, necessary in their running.
  • Composite Character: Mercury and Hurricane, two seemingly unrelated Golden Age speedsters, were later retconned into disguises of Makkari.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Once gave up all of their other Eternal powers in exchange for being able to solely focus on improving their already impressive Super Speed.
  • Hunter of Monsters: Was a member of the pre-Fantastic Four adventurer team, the Monster Hunters, alongside Ulysses Bloodstone, Doctor Druid, Zawadi of the Wakandas, and Gorgilla.
  • I Am the Noun: The 2021 series, which uses this approach for many Eternals, simply describes Makkari as ‘fast’.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: Does this to Mr Sinister from Krakoa at the start of the Judgment Day event.
  • The Mole: Not a malevolent one but, in the 1950s, as "Jake Curtiss", Makkari was an agent of the NSA - and they had no idea that his loyalty lay elsewhere (or that he was communicating with "Colonel Vulkannin" of the KGB, another disguised Eternal).
  • Red Ones Go Faster: Makkari's color has always been red and they're considered the fastest of all Eternals.
  • Ret-Canon: In the 2021 series, Makkari is resurrected as a Black woman, matching her portrayal in the Eternals film. She’s also deaf (after a disastrous incident when she tried to contact the Dreaming Celestial), which also matches her actor and portrayal.
  • Revision: The late 90s series Marvel Universe revealed that 1940s speedster heroes Mercury and Hurricane were actually Makkari in disguise. Marvel: The Lost Generation established he was also a member of the pre-Fantastic Four superteam the First Line as Major Mercury.
  • Sex Shifter: After the full reset of the Eternals at the start of the 2021 series, Makkari was resurrected as a woman (matching their portrayal in the MCU Eternals film).
  • Super Speed: Makkari devoted the majority of their Eternal energies to the improvement of personal speed. They can create cyclones by running in circles and can run up walls and across the water. At one point in their life, Makkari trained with the Eternal guru Elo to boost their speed to unprecedented levels, making them one of the fastest beings in the entire Marvel Universe.
  • Super Team: Makkari was a member of both the above-mentioned Monster Hunters and the pre-Fantastic Four super-team, the First Line.
  • Totally Radical: In earlier stories, prior to Neil Gaiman's Soft Reboot, Makkari used a lot of slang that was overdone, outdated, or both. Justified as he was an ancient immortal trying to adopt modern mortals' language and not always getting it right. This is especially noticeable when he's a supporting character in Quasar.
    Makkari: Right-on, band-man!
    Quasar: Say, where did you learn English?
    Makkari: Just picked it up. Talk like a native, huh?
    Master Elo 

Master Elo

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/251e3204_60c0_4ebb_9efd_a7cf8f60d365.jpeg

First Appearance: Quasar #12

One of the six Celestian Priests, the Keeper of the Paths. Elo's guidance is sought by those wishing to improve and focus their abilities - Makkari sought him out to improve their speed and, at one point, the Deviants kidnapped Elo to help train their Lemurian gladiators.
  • Hermit Guru: Prior to the Soft Reboot he was portrayed as a hermit living in a Himalayan cave. Although he's not reappeared since the reboot, he's apparently now based in Celestia with the other priests.
  • Levitating Lotus Position: All Eternals can fly, so this isn't entirely surprising, but Master Elo meditates while cross-legged and levitating. He's largely oblivious to his surroundings while doing so, which also allows the Deviants to capture him.
  • Put on a Bus: Master Elo was introduced in a Quasar storyline alongside Makkari, back in 1990. Subsequent stories have mentioned him, but he hasn't reappeared since (and has never directly appeared in an Eternals comic).

The Lemurian Mission

As of the start of the 2021 series, these Eternals dwell amongst their hereditary enemies in the Deviant city of Lemuria.
    Khoryphos 

Khoryphos

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/khoryphos.png

First Appearance: Eternals (Vol. 2) #1 (July, 1985)

An Eternal musician who’s now settled in the Deviant city of Lemuria. He’s capable of subtly affecting other people’s minds and emotions.


  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated: When Khoryphos first finds himself teleported to Lemuria and inside Yrdisis’s house, he’s immediately won over by her paintings, which he hadn’t expected anything like that as part of Deviant culture.
  • Happily Married: To Yrdisis, most unusually for their Eternal-Deviant status.
  • Hot Guy, Ugly Wife: By human standards, he’s fairly attractive, whereas his lover Yrdisis, like many other Deviants, looks rather ugly.
  • I Am the Noun: The 2021 series, which uses this approach for many Eternals, describes him as the lyre.
  • Interspecies Romance: With the Deviant artist Yrdisis.
  • Non-Action Guy: Describes himself as “an artist first... warrior second”, and rarely if ever ends up in direct combat.
  • Opposites Attract: An Eternal with a Deviant wife.
  • Shout-Out: Many Eternals have names that echo mythology, for reasons that make sense in-universe - but Khoryphos and Yrdisis are a specific allusion to Orpheus and Eurydice.
  • Underground Railroad: Ran one in Deviant Lemuria with his partner Yrdisis after the initial fall of Ghaur's priesthood, saving innocents from execution and smuggling them out of the city.

    Thena 

Thena

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/et_thena.jpg

Alter Ego: Azura (birth name)

Notable Aliases: Thena Eliot, Athena, Zura, Betty Sue Bialovsky, Prime Eternal

First Appearance: Red Raven Comics #1 (May, 1940) note ; Eternals #5 (August, 1976) note 

Daughter of Zuras and Cybele and the granddaughter of Kronos (all of which also makes her cousin to Thanos and Eros). She is one of the few Eternals known to have children in modern times, mother of Deborah and Donald Ritter, as well as Joey Eliot. Thena is the occasional lover of the Deviant Kro (father of Deborah and Donald) and once served as the Prime Eternal after Zuras’s death.


  • Badass Boast: In the Heroes for Hire series, Thena confronts the Omega-level mutant Exodus. When he says her physical power is impressive but outmatched by his vast mental powers, Thena points out that she also has those. In abundance. And Exodus, who’s fought entire teams of X-Men and Avengers, backs down.
  • Badass Cape: Thena is often seen with a red cape.
  • Blade on a Stick: Her sort of spear-axe that's her default weapon.
  • Bling of War: Her golden armour is quite impressive.
  • Flying Brick: More competent in this role than many Eternals - she claims she’s not a great flier, but once casually clotheslined Iron Man.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: She is generally associated with gold. This extends to her children Donald and Deborah and Joey.
  • I Am the Noun: The 2021 series, which uses this approach for many Eternals, describes her as the book and the blade.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • With Deviants, more often than not. Considering that the Eternals are pretty much the Deviants' most hated enemies/most feared opponents, this leads to somewhat... odd situations.
    • Thena also married a human when she was left amnesiac by Sprite’s reality-warping in the 2006 series. Her husband was killed, but she has a son from that relationship, Joey.
  • Kissing Cousins: Downplayed, but Ikaris and Thena are second cousins and the Eternals (2006) series confirms that they've slept together. Then again, Eternal families aren't really biological families, so…
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: She seems to be the light to Sersi's dark.
  • Mama Bear: She is fiercely devoted to the children she has sired across her history: Donald and Deborah Ritter and Joey Athena.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'10"/178cm tall and very beautiful.
  • You Are in Command Now: Became the leader of the Eternals for a time after the death of her father Zuras.

The Gaian Sisters

    In General 

In General

  • The Ghost: So far, Tulayn is the only member of the Sisters who have not made an appearance in the comics.
  • The Hecate Sisters: Three sisters, with their roles covering past, present and future. The Born as an Adult nature of the Eternals’ creation means that the usual Maiden, Mother and Crone model is subverted, though. All three sisters are actually mothers of prominent characters (Tulayn is Ikaris’s mother, Cybele is Thena’s and Daina is Zuras and A’Lars’s mother).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the 2021 series, the Sisters are reported to be pretty unhappy with Zuras’s performance as Prime Eternal, so don’t vote to reappoint him. Which helps someone else win the election.

    Cybele 

Cybele of Times Present

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cybele_earth_616_from_eternals_vol_2_11_0001.jpg

Notable Aliases: The Great Mother, Dyndymene, Rhea, Agdistis

First Appearance: Eternals (Vol. 2) #1 (July, 1985)

The wife of Zuras, mother of Thena and (depending on the continuity) technically Queen of the Eternals.


  • All There in the Manual: Her aliases are given in the Marvel handbooks, not shown in her appearances.
  • The Bus Came Back: Hasn’t been seen since the 1980s, despite her relationship to Thena and her role as one of Earth’s few remaining Eternals (before the 2006 series soft reboot). The 2021 series immediately establishes her as one of the Gaian Sisters.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Her outfit during her debut exposed even more than Sersi.
  • Minor Major Character: Despite being the wife and mother of two of the most prominent Eternals, she has played a very minor role in stories, and she actually prefers to be this way.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Doesn’t look any older than her daughter Thena.
  • Nature Lover: She always had a great interest in nature, and was even confused with the Earth goddess Gaea during the days of Ancient Greece.
  • Parental Neglect: When her daughter Thena was formally appointed as Prime Eternal after Zuras’s death, Cybele didn’t turn up for the ceremony - and was one of several Eternals to cover their absence with a hologram, so that Thena didn’t notice.

    Daina 

Daina of Times Past

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/daina_earth_616_from_eternals_thanos_rises_vol_1_1_001.jpg

First Appearance: Eternals: Thanos Rises #1 (September, 2021)

Wife of Kronos, mother of Zuras and A'lars.


  • Bald Mystic: She has no hair and is a pretty enigmatic Eternal, which also makes her eyebrows more prominent.
  • Cool Old Lady: Arranged a peace summit between her warring children, on a set of molecules. And she is a million years old - although, technically, she’s no older than her children or any of Earth’s other Eternals.
  • I Have No Son!: Downplayed, but in the 2021 series Druig happily notes that all three of the Sisters have had more than enough of Zuras, and won’t be voting for him as Prime Eternal.
  • Unseen No More: Daina was first mentioned in Mentor's entry in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #7, almost 40 years before finally appearing in Eternals: Thanos Rises #1.

The Tricks

The four Eternal crime lords.
    In General 
  • Playing Card Motifs: Jack of Knives, the Queen of Maces, the Knight Ungallant, all named for playing cards (jack, queen, knight). 'The Tricks' also serves as a card game reference.
  • Only in It for the Money: A.X.E.: Eve of Judgment mentions that they're only loyal to the highest bidder.
  • Super Mob Boss: The Tricks are essentially Eternal crime lords

    Jack of Knives 

Jack of Knives

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jackofknives_1.png

First Appearance: Eternals (Vol. 5) #7 (November, 2021)

An amoral and dangerous Eternal, one of the four Tricks. Druig describes them as the Eternals' finest assassin. Their allegiance can be bought, and for the right price, they'll kill, vote to empower a monster, or perhaps even pretend to care.
  • Affably Evil: Very ominous when paid to threaten Ikaris, but much more approachable and informal when chatting to Sersi, their employer.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Jack uses they/them pronouns.
  • Blade Enthusiast: Jack collects knives and swords, with a 'Hall of Blades' housing their private collection.
  • I Am the Noun: The 2021 series, which uses this approach for many Eternals, describes them as the knife, commenting that their name serves as fair warning.
  • Devious Daggers: Jack wields daggers (and can summon up additional blades - they're not limited to the two they visibly carry) and they're a million year old immortal assassin, Stealth Expert and crime lord, arguably making them one of the Ur-archtypes in the Marvel setting.
  • Flaming Sword: A variant. Jack's throwing knives can be wrapped in flame.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Machine’s commentary notes that the only consideration Jack’s ever shown for others is in choosing a name which also acts as a warning.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in the 2021 series and never mentioned before. But like all of Earth’s Eternals, they’ve been there for a million years - and characters such as Ikaris and Sersi clearly know them.
  • Stealth Expert: Jack claims they’re good enough to hide from Sersi if they really want to. Their powers are certainly more than enough to hide from normal people and less adept Eternals, as well as things like Wolverine's enhanced senses and Emma Frost's telepathy. They are so good that they complain to Sersi sneaking with them about being too conspicuous bumping into molecules.
  • Villain Respect: They're genuinely impressed by Wolverine's skills after he spots - and stabs - Jack based solely on traces of a victim's blood on their knife.
  • We Are as Mayflies: Has a very detached view of human lives, as they die so quickly that it’s not really worth caring about, makes you wonder what their criminal activities are like.

The Forgotten

A relatively new faction of Eternals - only about ten thousand years old. The Forgotten are vigilantes who’ve removed themselves from Eternal society and violently punish Eternals they see as harmful to humanity.
    In General 
  • Fights Like a Normal: Except for the Forgotten One himself, they’ve been shown using guns rather than powers. Although these particular guns are capable of killing an Eternal.
  • Invisibility Cloak: The Forgotten use stealth suits that make them almost transparent and very hard to detect.
  • Mythical Motifs: Their ranks constitute Gilgamesh, Utunaa, Dumzaa and Ishtaa, all figures of Babylonian myth (named after the Sumerian deities Etana, Dumuzid and Ishtar).
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: They’re considered a radical pro-human faction, vigilantes who police other Eternals and kill them when they hurt humans or otherwise get out of line. Unfortunately, none of them knew about the Human Resources element of Eternal immortality, so every Eternal they’ve temporarily slain also meant another human death.

    The Forgotten One (Gilgamesh) 

The Forgotten One

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/et_glg.jpg

Notable Aliases: Gilgamesh, Hero, Gil, Hero of Sumer, Lost Eternal, Beloved of the Muses, Dragon-Slayer, Forgotten Nemesis, Beast of Legend, King Gilgamesh

First Appearance: Eternals #13 (April, 1977)

The Forgotten One has been known by many names, most notably Gilgamesh, but his original name has been deliberately deleted from the records. By Eternal standards, he's seen as a dangerous vigilante, an extreme pro-human radical.


  • Back for the Dead: In the Knauf series. Ajak reaches the amnesiac Forgotten One first, brainwashes him and sends him on a rampage. Thena is forced to kill him.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: In some of his appearances. In others, he’s much more of a Blood Knight - in the 2021 series he’s directly compared to The Punisher.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By Ajak in the Knauf series. He very nearly kills Druig, Legba and Makkari.
  • The Captain: As of the 2021 series he leads his own small faction, the Forgotten.
  • Continuity Snarl: After the 2006 series (in which he doesn’t appear) he’s an amnesiac until Ajak finds him in the Knauf series, sends him Brainwashed and Crazy, and Thena’s forced to kill him. And yet he’s also wandering about in Thor: The Deviants Saga, alive, with his memories intact. And that series directly states that the resurrection machines are still broken.
  • Cool Mask: For the 2021 series he wears a mask that completely covers his face.
  • Eternal Hero: The definitive article right here — he inspired the universal concept of the Hero archetype in humanity's collective unconscious in the first place. He is essentially The Hero with a Thousand Faces manifest. Fittingly, he sometimes simply goes by "Hero" like he owns the word. Plus, his main moniker doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, so who can blame him?
  • The Fog of Ages: Having walked amongst fleeting humanity for millennia, the Forgotten One embodies the wandering immortal trope best of all the Eternals. He's acted as a guardian or ruler of innumerable civilizations and his many names are scribed in legend and folklore throughout the world. But the tragic irony is that nobody really knows anything about him, not even his real name.
  • Hand Blasts: His preferred option for foes too far away to punch.
  • Handicapped Badass: At one point, as retold in Thor, he was caught in an explosion on a Celestial spaceship and left drifting through space before the Celestials revived and empowered him. The experience left him blind, with Sprite sometimes acting as his guide. Blindness didn’t stop him from holding his own in battle against both Thor and Hercules, mind you.
  • I Am the Noun: The 2021 series, which uses this approach for many Eternals, describes him as the righteous fist.
  • I Have Many Names: He has taken on countless identities throughout human history, including legendary heroes from various mythologies such as Hercules, Samson, Atlas and Beowulf, but his most synonymous alias is Gilgamesh. (Though it gets a bit confusing when you realize that all of these characters also exist independently in the Marvel Universe as well...)
  • Mistaken Identity:
    • In ancient times he was mistaken for Hercules and a few other "mythic" strongmen. Which created a mild Continuity Snarl, because The Incredible Hercules is already a character in the Marvel canon.
    • In modern times, it works both ways - Hercules was mistaken for an amnesiac Gilgamesh following the 2006 series, and The Incredible Hercules took care to explain Gilgamesh's claim to have been Hercules. Eventually, the two of them ended up as housemates for a while. (Unless that one was the other Gilgamesh - as noted, it gets a bit confusing. Especially when Eternals also change their appearances)
  • Somebody Named "Nobody": He is commonly known as the Forgotten One to his Eternals. His original name has been deleted from the Machine’s records.
  • Super Strength: Even among his fellow Eternals, his strength is renowned. He's able to trade blows with Thor and Hercules without too much effort.

The Oceanic Watch

These Eternals supported the genocidal Uranos in the Eternals’ first major civil war. When he lost, they were killed, exiled or fled into space (and eventually died).

When they were resurrected, Oceanus, who had not supported Uranos, convinced wider Eternal society that the moral judgement of these former Uranites was flawed and could not be trusted again.

On that basis, they became the Oceanic Watch - a force of warriors under Oceanus’s supervision, loyal to Earth’s Prime Eternal and trusting their leadership rather than making any moral decisions of their own.


    In General 

In General

  • The Bus Came Back: Arlok, Shastra and Astron first debuted in 1981 in the Eternals’ back-up stories in the What If? comics. They haven’t been seen since - and were assumed dead - but return in the 2021 series.
  • Faceless Goons: During their attack on Lemuria. They’re all wearing full body armour, with helmets that completely cover their face. And none of them get any dialogue.
  • Loyal to the Position: They are considered this, due to their reluctance to make any moral judgements of their own.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Argii, Thryio, and Kalos the Destroyer may have been among the nameless Uranite exiles pictured in the original stories, but they don’t get properly introduced until the 2021 series names them.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: After the Uranites fled into space, they clashed with the Kree. All of Earth’s original Inhumans were created based on the Kree vivisection of Arlok.

    Kalos the Destructor 

Kalos the Destructor

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/c5d68d79_b16c_4a03_ab8a_499e7cc3ba86.jpeg

First Appearance: A.X.E.: Death to the Mutants #1 (August, 2022)


  • Instant Armor: He can instantly manifest a translucent suit of energy armor in the shape of a hydra.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Kalos the Destructor. He joined the Uranites, who followed their leader's Omnicidal Maniac philosophy, and was considered so irredeemable that he spent half a million years removed from Eternal society, serving in the Oceanic Watch.
    The Machine: Do not underestimate him. You don't get called "The Destructor" in Eternal society for your expertise in Fortnite. He has certain gifts.
  • Remember the New Guy?: He's first mentioned at the start of the 2021 Eternals series (and doesn't appear until Death to the Mutants, a year later) but, like all of Earth's Eternals, he's a million years old and the others know him well.

    Oceanus 

Oceanus

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/e1271eaa_782d_49be_a995_ffbf1d59c4b7.jpeg

First Appearance: Eternals: The Heretic #1 (March, 2022)

Brother to Kronos and Uranos and one of the original Three Patriarchs of Earth's Eternals. Although he did nothing wrong, he chose to banish himself from Eternal society after his brothers were both Excluded, becoming leader of the rehabilitated Uranites of the Oceanic Watch.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Like the other two Patriarchs leading Eternal dynasties, the Celestials built him to be especially powerful, with a broad range of abilities.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: Initially the Seth to Uranos’s Cain and Kronos’s Abel.
  • The Captain: In the 2021 series he is mentioned as leading his own faction, the Oceanic Watch.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: A variation. His brother Uranos, the first leader of the Eternals, became a genocidal tyrant. His brother Kronos, the second leader of the Eternals, then ruined their capital city and killed all of the inhabitants while ascending to godhood. Oceanus feared he’d go the same way, so removed himself from the succession and became an exile, uninvolved in Eternal politics.
  • Retcon: It was originally stated that he stayed out of the war between Kronos and Uranos, but The Heretic shows him siding with Kronos.
  • The Unreveal: The Heretic explains that he has both children and grandchildren among Earth's Eternals, but doesn’t name any of them.
  • Unseen No More: He was first mentioned by name in 1973, long before the Eternals and Titans were connected by subsequent stories, but is only introduced in the 2022 special The Heretic.
  • Wizard Beard: Shown with a long white beard, which contrasts with his brothers bald heads.

The Hex

Six Eternal sisters with non-human forms who are only awoken when there is a need for their destructive talents. At one point the Machine succinctly describes them as "War Eternals for eternal war". In practice, they've been isolated from the world for almost all of their lives, with hundreds of millennia before modern times spent locked away in deposed leader Uranos's hidden armory.
    In General 

In General

  • The Blank: A variant, as the sisters are members of an otherwise humanoid race who've been given very different forms. And even where the form is broadly humanoid (e.g. Syne) or might otherwise have a humanoid head (e.g. Rheaka's centaur form), none of them have faces. Promotional material suggests that this was deliberate.
  • Elemental Motifs: Directly confirmed in-universe by the Machine's commentary. Each is related to one of the six Eternal elements.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Pun on their kaiju nature aside, according to the promotional material the Eternals only wake them as a last resort for anything they need to eradicate.
  • Immortal Immaturity: The Hex have spent almost all of their lives in isolation or asleep. The Machine directly describes one of them as a million-year old teenager.
  • Just Following Orders: They are considered part of Uranos's armory, and follow the Prime Eternal's instructions, unless countermanded by the Celestials themselves.
  • Kaiju: Based on the promotional art and size charts seen here, they are skyscraper-sized and none are entirely humanoid in appearance.
  • Meaningful Name: Some Eternal names echo Greek gods, but the Hex are all named after the Titans from Greek mythology (Phoebe, Rhea, Mnemosyne, Tethys, Themis and Theia).
  • Phlebotinum Battery: Whereas other Eternals are self-sufficient, the Hex draw on an artificual power source within the Eternals' armory. When that's cut off, their strength and weapons will start to fail.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Downplayed. Mentioned for the first time at the start of the 2021 series, but they've existed ever since the Eternals were created. However, Druig states that they were tied to the hidden armory of Uranos - so presumably haven't been contactable since he was imprisoned, 600,000 years ago.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: A variant. They were sealed away by Uranos for half a million years, but not to protect the world - instead, it was part of a Load-Bearing Boss scheme to protect himself. The Hex's level of actual evil is debatable, but they are living weapons of mass destruction who seem to be Loyal to the Position (and most Eternal leaders have been deeply flawed).

    Phebe Reginax 

Phebe Reginax

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/e24d8ae9_18d0_461c_9cc4_a92676309f34.jpeg

First Appearance: A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 (July, 2022)

The Machine describes Phebe as the mother of monsters and magic. So far, she has been shown as a silent force of destruction - nothing has been revealed about her personality and only a little about her abilities.
  • Extendable Arms: The character design artwork released ahead of her debut lists her as having these.
  • Healing Hands: She's able to heal her sisters, and possibly other beings as well.
  • Mother of a Thousand Young: An Informed Attribute and discussed trope, as the Machine's commentary describes her as the mother of monsters, but she's not directly displayed any such ability.
  • Prehensile Tail: According to the character design notes, she can use her tail as a whip.

    Rheaka Centaurus 

Rheaka Centaurus

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/0acbcb6f_098e_4138_8ddf_dcb72e6a692e.jpeg

First Appearance: A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 (July, 2022)

Associated with nature, Rheaka is a faceless centaur with a vaguely insectoid form. She is the only member of the Hex to routinely carry a weapon into battle, but also generates an army of smaller "attack fauna" to fight for her. So far, she has not been shown speaking and nothing has been revealed about her personality.
  • Druid: A discussed trope. While the extent of her powers is unknown, she has an elemental association with nature, with plants growing on her body and "attack fauna" generated to fight for her. There's no suggestion that her abilities are magical, but the Machine does describe her as a "Druidic-War pantheist", without providing further detail.
  • Mother of a Thousand Young: Rheaka also generates a horde of smaller creatures, described by Cyclops as "attack fauna", from her own form.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: She's a huge (kaiju sized), vaguely insectoid centaur with plantlife growing on her body. Pre-release promotional material suggests that Rheaka is one of the original inspirations for humanity's myths of centaurs.
  • Plant Person: Her body is integrated with, or at least covered in, plants. The exact details are still unclear.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: The character design artwork released ahead of her debut states that she can form weapon constructs.

    Syne the Memotaur 

Syne the Memotaur

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/8614925_rco019_1660143834.jpg

First Appearance: A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 (July, 2022)

Wreathed in flames, Syne is described as embodying fire's destructive and creative aspects. The Machine also describes her as an immortal teenager who's spent almost all of her million-year life locked away from the world. When released in modern times, she loves poetry and seems to enjoy talking to humans.
  • Hand Blast: All Eternals have the potential to use energy blasts, but Syne's huge size and fiery nature make hers especially devastating.
  • Our Minotaurs Are Different: Is a fiery kaiju-sized, minotaur-shaped Eternal. As with other members of the Hex, pre-release promotional material suggests she was actually one of the original inspirations for the myths.
  • Playing with Fire: She is associated with the element of fire, is wreathed in flames, and her powers use fire and lava as weapons.
  • Speech Bubbles: Syne's speech uses yellow text on a black background.
  • Unseen Pen Pal: Once she's released to attack Krakoa, Syne immediately takes advantage of modern technology to go online and start talking to humans about poetry, striking up a long conversation with a Londoner named Sally.
  • Warrior Poet: She's a keen poet who mentions that she always wanted to be published. In Judgment Day she's composing poems to send to a human fanzine while rampaging across Krakoa.

    Tetytrona 3000 

Tetytrona

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/8614939_rco005_1660143834.jpg

First Appearance: A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 (July, 2022)

Associated with the element of water, Tetytrona has only been shown speaking to acknowledge the Principles, and nothing has been revealed about her personality. Her humanoid body is noticeably smaller than her tentacles, and seems to hang limply - she has arms and legs, but does not use them. The Machine mentions "3000 destruction nodes" when describing her abilities, but does not elaborate.
  • Breath Weapon: Her snake-tentacles breathe some sort of energy from their fanged 'mouth'.
  • Combat Tentacles: She has five long, serpentine tentacles attached to her head. They each have a fanged 'mouth', they have a Breath Weapon, and she uses her Thinking Up Portals power to ambush unsuspecting foes with them.
  • Speech Bubbles: Tetytrona's speech uses white text on a black background with a blue border.
  • The Great Serpent: She's an Eternal with five huge, snakelike tentacles that dwarf her humanoid body. Given that the the snakes are joined to her head, she can also be viewed as an unusual Medusa variant.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Tetryona can create portals big enough for her tentacles to attack through. The maximum size and range is undefined, but they're certainly effective when ambushing foes who don't think she's nearby.
  • Weaponised Teleportation: She can extend her snake-tentacles through portals to surprise foes.

    The Themex 

Themex

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/8614937_rco030_16584485791.jpg

First Appearance: A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 (July, 2022)

So far, Themex has been the least prominent of the Hex. The Machine has described her as a "Cosmic Judge and orbital annihilator", but she hasn't been shown speaking and nothing has been revealed about her personality.
  • Deadly Gaze: The character design artwork released ahead of her debut states that she can kill (or possibly petrify) people with a blast from her eye.

    Thieaka the Harpiscus 

Thieaka the Harpiscus

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/c58479a1_679a_4c0a_9984_894765b1b779.jpeg

First Appearance: A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 (July, 2022)

The Machine compares Thieaka to a storm - aloof, untouchable and violent. However, so far, she has been shown as a silent force of destruction - her abilities have only been hinted at and the Machine's commentary is the only statement about her personality.
  • Chest Blaster: Fires energy blasts from her chest.
  • Intangibility: While fighting the Hex, a frustrated Carol Danvers notes that Thieaka is intangible half the time.
  • Harping on About Harpies: She's a harpy-shaped Eternal. In line with other members of the Hex, pre-release promotional material suggested that she may actually be one of the inspirations for humanity's myths about harpies.

Other Eternals of Earth

Some Eternals haven't been assigned to a modern city, role or faction by the data pages within the 2021 series. In some cases that's because their location is unknown and records have been lost. In other cases, they're Excluded - and there are also some pre-existing characters who were only known by nicknames before the Soft Reboot - so readers aren't yet able to match the character to a 'true' Eternal name.
    Pixie 

Pixie

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/et_pixie.jpg

First Appearance: Marvel: The Lost Generation #12 (March, 2000)

An Eternal who was once part of a mid-twentieth century super-team, The First Line (Makkari was on the team too, but Pixie apparently had a longer tenure with them). Decades later, she was one of the Eternals recruited by Druig's faction when he took control of Vorozheika.


  • Brainwashed: Judging by her comments at the end of the 2009 series, this is how Druig persuaded her to side with his Vorozheikan faction. When she's cleared of it, she's angry enough that even in the face of planetary destruction, she's more than ready to obliterate him.
  • Evil Costume Switch: As a member of the First Line, her costume is dark blue. As a member of Druig's Eternals, it's become sky blue and white and gray.
  • Face–Heel Turn: When she returns in the 2009 series, she's one of Druig's allies and opposing the Olympian Eternals. As she'd previously been lost and amnesiac, it's implied that some of this was due to brainwashing by Druig.
  • Genki Girl: Back when she was a member of the First Line, she was perpetually sweet and perky.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Pixie is apparently a nickname, and she's not listed by that name when the machine lists all of Earth's Eternals at the start of the 2021 series. However, the series hasn't yet confirmed which of the 'new' names on that list is hers.
  • Saved by Canon: Granted that Flash Forwards tend not to lastingly count for much in comics, but the end of Marvel: The Lost Generation, her debut series, shows her alive in the future, behaving like her original kind and heroic self. Hopefully, that means she'll eventually pull out of this current villainous phase.
  • Taken for Granite: As part of the First Line, she used ‘Pixie dust’ that would petrify her foes. How much of that was actually the dust and how much was a cover for her innate Eternal powers is unrevealed.

    Uranos 

Uranos

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/e06de09c_06cb_485a_9db7_c808a80f50df.jpeg
Click here  to see his original 1980s appearance

Notable Aliases: Excluded "U", Uranos the Undying, Uranos of the underworld

First Appearance: Captain Marvel #29 (November, 1973)

Brother of Kronos and Oceanus, and one of the original Three Patriarchs of Earth's Eternals. He attempted to conquer the world, but his faction was defeated and his brothers Kronos and Oceanus imprisoned him in the Exclusion. Over half a million years later, in modern times, he was unleashed on the Eternals' enemies.


  • Actually a Doombot: The Uranos who fled Earth was a "patched together terrible clone". The real one has been imprisoned in The Exclusion ever since he lost the war.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: While originally he was depicted with a normal human skin tone, for the 2021 series he's given blue skin, which serves as contrast for his brothers Kronos and Oceanus who have normal skin tones.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Like the other two Patriarchs leading Eternal dynasties, the Celestials built him to be especially powerful, with a broad range of abilities. In the Judgment Day crossover he's released from his usual cell in The Exclusion and gets a chance to show off his power, with horrible results.
  • Badass Boast: Makes one while facing Ora Serrata, the omega-level mutant who holds Arrako's Seat of Law.
    Uranos: There is no law but the principles coded into me, and no vision of that law but my own. All non-Eternal life must end.
  • Bald of Evil: His updated appearance, as of the 2022 The Heretic story.
  • Beard of Evil: Sported a fine goatee in the 1970s and 1980s flashback stories.
  • The Bus Came Back: Not seen again after the 1980s What If? stories, but the start of the 2021 series revealed that he's been imprisoned in the Exclusion for millennia. He reappears in 2022 special The Heretic.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: The Cain to Kronos's Abel. And also, as Kieron Gillen phrased it, the Morgoth to Thanos's Sauron. Even adder Kronos's own fall from grace, Uranos seems to embody the Eternals at their murderous worst. Oceanus, who's been much less prominent in the stories, plays the Seth role.
  • Darkseid Duplicate: Perhaps the most on-the-nose example in Marvel. He's a huge, bald man with Omnicidal Maniac tendencies, glowing, red eyes and an inhuman skin color. And likes giving big speeches. He also fathered a line of monsters and his most notable power is his eyebeams. To add to that, Darkseid's real name, Uxas, starts with a 'u' as well. Fitting then that Thanos would end up calling him 'grandfather'.
  • Design Preservation Villain: With Apocalypse undergoing a Heel–Face Turn and getting Put on a Bus, Uranos is reintroduced with a similar design, with an even less sympathetic backstory.
  • Disappointed in You: His initial reaction to Thanos. But not because Thanos is a genocidal complete monster. It's also subverted a little, as he's trying to goad Thanos into killing or releasing him. By the end of The Heretic they're on much better terms, with some level of Villain Cred.
    Uranos: Ah, Thanos. At last. I hoped to meet you. To look another disappointment in the eye. You killed half the universe, boy. Fifty percent? What a lack of commitment. Do something or don’t do it.
  • The Dreaded: He makes Sersi look like a puppy and Thanos like a reasonable man. The Machine hints that Uranos is one of the worst people to have held the title of Prime Eternal. He even scares the Machine itself. Given that he's worked out a way to kill the Machine, that's not entirely surprising.
    The Machine: Yeah. I'm out. Sorry. You can provide your own narration and ironic commentary. This guy scares the %$#@ out of me.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Thanos is certainly not short, and Uranos is even taller, representing that his omnicidal desire is even bigger than his great-nephew's.
  • Exact Words: How he twists the three principles hardwired into each Eternal.
    • The Machine (Earth) must be protected, but that doesn't mean that its animals, humans or any other non-Eternal life must be. It can also mean protecting the Earth from outside forces, by slaughtering them.
    • The Celestials must be protected, but that doesn't mean they have to be obeyed or be free.
    • Finally, excessive deviation must be corrected. This can be done through, among other things, genocide.
  • The Exile: Played with. The original stories state that Uranos, along with his followers, were captured, sentenced and exiled when their faction lost to Kronos. The 2021 series suggests that this was an end-of-war escape rather than any sort of formal exile, though. And then The Heretic reveals that was a clone and he'd never left Earth at all.
  • God Is Inept: His view of the Celestials. If they didn't want him to act as he does, then they should have programmed him better.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a mass of scars across the right side of his head, from his psychic battle with Oceanus and Kronos.
  • Killed Offscreen: Apparently died as an exile on Titan, at some point before A’Lars found Sui-San there as the sole survivor. Averted when The Heretic reveals that he's a Load-Bearing Boss, has never left Earth, and never died.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: When he's reintroduced in The Heretic it's revealed that if he dies, or if his mind is wiped, his contingency plans will trigger and destroy the Earth. This trap's disarmed by the end of the 2021 Eternals series, though.
  • Nepharious Pharaoh: He lacks the headgear, but otherwise his costume design looks like a futuristic pharaoh's. The fact Pharaohs are often portrayed as bald only emphasizes the look.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He believes that everything except the Eternals and the Celestials must die.
  • One-Man Army: When offered a Boxed Crook bargain and an hour's freedom to wreak havoc on the mutants of planet Arakko, he's standing unchallenged in a field of bones when his time is up.
    • This is elaborated upon in the X-Men: Red tie-in depicting his attack: he utterly thrashes the Omega mutants of the Arrakki Great Ring, managing to No-Sell every attack they can muster, ultimately decimating the council and tearing out Magneto's heart. And then, when it turns out he still has forty minutes left, he uses that time to annihilate nearly all sentient life forms in a fifty-meter radius.
    • We don't see exactly what happens when he confronts David Haller (Legion), perhaps the most powerful mutant alive, but it takes less than thirty seconds. Uranos returns afterwards; Haller doesn't.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Returns with monochromatic red eyes and he's not someone to be messed with.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The 2021 series reveals that he was the first Eternal confined to the Exclusion. He's been in there for 600,000 years.
  • Two-Faced: Downplayed, but the right side of his head is still cracked and broken from a century of interrogation.
  • Villain Cred: Once he's finished trying to goad Thanos into killing him, he salutes him as the one member of his line who’s not a disappointment. Thanos, in return, refers to him as "grandfather".
  • Zeroth Law Rebellion: He's managed to warp the Principles into a set of statements that support his Omnicidal Maniac tendencies.

    El Vampiro 

El Vampiro

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vampiro.jpg

First Appearance: Thor #290 (December, 1979)

An Eternal with fangs who first appeared as a masked wrestler, active in both Mexico and California. One of the few Eternals to be married to a mortal human.


  • Back for the Dead: After appearing in a single issue of Thor, he returns almost 30 years later as one of Druig’s faction in the 2008 Knauf series. Two issues later, the Horde kills him. The Eternals’ usual Resurrective Immortality has been disabled at this point, so he spends the rest of the arc in an Afterlife Antechamber.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His death in the Knauf run. A huge scorpion-style stinger stabs him from behind, the point protruding from his chest.
  • Masked Luchador: Had a successful career as a luchador when Thor first encountered him.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: He’s married to a human woman named Maria when Thor first meets him. His wife knows he’s an Eternal and that he’ll outlive her.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Vampiro is apparently a nickname, and he's not listed by that name when the machine lists all of Earth's Eternals at the start of the 2021 series. However, the series hasn't yet confirmed which of the 'new' names on that list is his.

Eternals of Titan

In the wake of the Eternals' first great civil war, some of the losers (the Uranites) were exiled from Earth or fled into space, settling on Titan. After another schism, they were joined by A'Lars - and his experiments led to the creation of new Eternals.
    A'Lars (Mentor) 

A'Lars

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mentor_4.jpg

Notable Aliases: Mentor, Excluded "A"

First Appearance: Iron Man #55 (October, 1972)

Son of Kronos, father of Thanos and Eros, grandfather of Thane.

A'Lars, more commonly referred to as Mentor, founded the Titan colony orbiting Saturn. Engineer, physicist, father - Mentor shaped many of Marvel’s cosmic characters.


  • Antagonistic Offspring: After turning a blind eye for many years, A'Lars is eventually forced into conflict against his genocidal, Death-worshipping son Thanos.
  • Defiant Captive: Murder, torture and threats won't persuade him to help Thanos. Even when thousands of lives will be lost, he considers thwarting Thanos - who has killed entire worlds - to be a greater good.
  • Dying Declaration of Hate: After Thanos attempts to blackmail A’Lars into helping him find the cure for a fatal affliction, A'Lars reveals that he too is dying and proceeds to give his tyrannical despot of a son one hell of a final call-out, telling Thanos to his face that he was a mistake who should have died at birth, provoking the Mad Titan into ending his suffering. Ironically, as Thanos killed him, he mused that A'Lars finally sounded like his father.
  • Eye Scream: The 2021 series shows that A'Lars is excluded forever in a cell where walls light up increasingly brightly as they track the deaths caused by Thanos. His eyes are seared out within a week.
  • Freudian Excuse: He wanted to have true Eternal children to prove Zuras, his more cautious brother, wrong. He wanted children to love, but never really lost his need to beat Zuras.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: While his son Thanos was shunned by everyone in Titanian society, including his own mother, because of his hideous deformities, A'Lars loved and accepted him throughout his adolescent years and refused to acknowledge Thanos's growing psychotic tendencies until it was too late.
  • Killed Off for Real: Eventually subverted. Thanos killed him, although A'Lars seemed to be dying anyway. The usual Eternal Resurrective Immortality promptly revived him on Earth, although Thanos wasn't aware of that for a long time and assumed he was really dead.
  • Meaningful Name: Tried to invoke this on his offspring. He wanted Thanos to represent a triumph over death.
  • Mystical White Hair: Possesses this.
  • One-Steve Limit: His moniker of Mentor is shared with a member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: At least from the perspective of Earth's Eternals. He was Excluded as soon as he was resurrected on Earth. Mostly because of his role as Thanos's father, but at least partly due to the ambition that led to the Titan Schism and Thanos's creation.

    Eros (Starfox) 

Eros

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/a52471ac_6d54_4a78_82a4_9fe70221382c.jpeg

Notable Aliases: Eron (Birth Name), Starfox, Excluded "E"

First Appearance: Iron Man #55 (October, 1972)

Eros is the youngest son of A'Lars (Mentor) and Thanos's younger brother. He’s an Eternal and an Avenger.

Unlike his parents and other Eternals from Earth, for most of his existence he’s not been connected to the great Machine, so hasn't been bound by the Eternal Principles or benefited from their Resurrective Immortality.


  • Amazon Chaser: He has a particular interest in Earth's many superhuman women, such as She-Hulk. It seems to give him an ego boost that he can "tame" them (with some questionable applications of his powers, mainly).
  • Animal Motifs: He dons fox-themed jewelry in the Judgment Day event.
  • Back from the Dead: After he died during an attempted resurrection of Thanos, Eros was fully connected to the Machine and almost immediately brought back via the usual Eternal Resurrective Immortality. Earth's Eternals responded to this by secretly imprisoning him in the Exclusion.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: As an Eternal, Eros has a godly amount of innate potential, but he'd rather refine his seduction abilities than train his body or mind to their fullest despite having millennia to do so. His older future self from Infinity Siblings overcame his laziness and became a more proactive hero, helping Adam Warlock and Pip the Troll to stop Future Thanos from assimilating the cosmic entities, and in the present day, despite being crippled and confined to a hoverchair, he effortlessly bosses around cosmic heavyweights when hunting down the host of the resurrected Thanos. Pity it turned out to be him.
  • Cain and Abel: As a handsome, fun-loving womanizer, he is the polar opposite to his deformed, thoroughly evil brother Thanos. Although he's not exactly the most moral guy, it's a task to not look like a saint when Thanos is your sibling.
  • The Casanova: In close competition with Tony Stark for the title of the most prolific womanizer in the Marvel Universe.
  • Character Development: In the Infinity Siblings graphic novel, being stranded on a jungle planet for many years pushed Eros to become more proactive and less selfish.
  • Deathless and Debauched: A Casanova with Living Aphrodisiac powers, and the willingness to sleep with anyone and nearly anything. Unfortunately, his powers have led to some Questionable Consent, one time involving a married woman, and She-Hulk.
  • Depending on the Artist: Sometimes he is drawn is excessively masculine, but the Judgment Day event gives him a somewhat androgynous look.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He's drifted through life, and as he bitterly observes to a dead Thanos, he actually envied his psychotic brother because Thanos always knew what his purpose was - he didn't even have that.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: In the first issue of the 2016 Thanos series, Starfox is shown in an orgy with aliens from various species and genders. When the Champion of the Universe enters the room, Starfox's first impulse is to invite him to come and get in on the action.
  • Groin Attack: He was infamously on the receiving end of a vicious one from She-Hulk after she discovered that he had used his Living Aphrodisiac powers to coerce her into a relationship. He's lucky to still even have balls after that, but it's hard to feel sorry for him.
  • Healing Factor: While it is not as advanced as other members of his species, Eros still has this. If he is injured, his physiology enables him to recover much faster and more extensively than a human being is capable of. Injuries such as lacerations or bullet wounds can fully mend within a matter of hours. This ability can be augmented dramatically if Starfox properly trains himself.
  • The Hedonist: Spends all of his immortal life pursuing earthly pleasures. However, he defends this approach in the Judgment Day event as him expressing love for life.
  • Immortality Begins at Twenty: Starfox, like all Eternals, is essentially immortal. The cosmic energy housed in his body has been developed to halt his natural ageing process. Although well over 1,000 years old, he is still physically young by Eternal standards.
  • Immortality Promiscuity: Virtually immortal, but unlike his nihilistic brother Eros is a carefree womanizer - though the 'carefree' and 'womanizer' parts are only part of the truth.
  • Living Aphrodisiac: He passively emits pleasure stimulation in others wherever he goes, but he can amp it up to trigger anything from arousal to uncontrollable lust. This also raises concerns about Questionable Consent as he has apparently used his powers to manipulate countless men and women into sex or relationships throughout the centuries.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Even without using his powers, he plays a mean game at this when he wants to. This was earlier hinted at during the original Infinity Gauntlet when Thanos opted to remove his mouth - and explicitly did it not just because Eros was annoying him, but because he didn't want to risk letting him talk.
  • Mind Hug: Weaponized. He can blast enemies with a flash of genuine, benign self-love. While a novelty against normal and well-adjusted persons, it can be a critical blow against raging, egotistical misanthropes like Ultron.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: As Tryco Slatterus points out in the 2016 Thanos series, he's much smarter than he lets on - the debauched hedonist and fun-loving adventurer acts are just that, acts, which he uses to get people to let their guard down. When he drops the act, he's a much more serious - and much more dangerous - individual.
  • Older and Wiser: In the graphic novel Infinity Siblings and its two sequels, Eros became this in an alternate future where he got stranded on a wild planet and forced to drop his hedonism to survive.
  • The Power of Love: For all his frivolity, he's a genuine believer of this.
  • Power Perversion Potential: He has the power to control the emotions of others. In one She-Hulk arc, a suit was brought against him by some, including She-Hulk herself, who may have been forced into sex with him thanks to his powers. (The man's real name is Eros, after all).
  • Red Is Heroic: He is always dressed in red, and he is "heroic" enough.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Gets to wear one in the Judgment Day event.

    Kronos 

Kronos

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/3244051_kronos.jpg

Notable Aliases: Chronos, Excluded "K"

First Appearance: Iron Man #55 (October, 1972)

Brother to Uranos and Oceanus, one of the original Three Patriarchs of Earth’s Eternals. He later became the sole Prime Eternal, but lost that role when his experiments transformed him into a cosmic entity, a mysterious master of time.

Since his transformation he's been a powerful, and mostly benevolent, figure - observing matters of galactic importance, but usually only intervening indirectly.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Prior to his transformation. Like the other two Patriarchs leading Eternal dynasties, the Celestials built him to be especially powerful, with a broad range of abilities.
  • Bald of Authority: Even before ascending to godhood, Kronos was completely bald, and he was one of the absolute rulers of the Eternals alongside his brothers.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: Initially the benevolent Abel - at least when compared to his genocidal brother Uranos’s Cain. Back before Kronos’s ascension, they fought a civil war for control of Earth’s Eternals. By modern times, however, the Machine describes him as a "true monster", the same words it uses for his brother. Third brother Oceanus has been far less prominent and falls into the Seth role.
  • Enigmatic Empowering Entity: After Mentor pleaded for help, Kronos resurrected and empowered a dead human, Arthur Douglas, as Drax the Destroyer, a warrior who could oppose Thanos.
  • Godhood Seeker: The 2021 series takes this view of him. His Eternal half is imprisoned for the crime of “apocalyptic auto-deification” and it’s stated that his efforts devastated Titanos and killed the entire Eternal race several times. There’s also a theory that he’s doomed the whole Earth, although probably not for another hundred thousand years or so.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: At one point, in Quasar he mentions that Thanos has been resurrected and is currently on the loose, but then says he “just can’t muster up the inclination to care any more...”.
  • Grandpa God: He's the grandfather of Thanos and his cosmic half is easily more powerful than any Eternal.
  • Literal Split Personality: The 2021 series reveals that whilst Kronos ascended to godhood, he also remained as an Eternal, becoming two separate beings.
  • Loose Lips: In Quasar he encounters Maelstrom, who’s been similarly disembodied. Kronos is unused to company and conversation, and only too happy to explain a bit about the powerful abstract entities of the universe. Maelstrom, who’s the worst kind of Godhood Seeker, promptly heads off to murder and replace one.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Eternal perspective on his Eternal half, who’s been sealed in the Exclusion for several hundred thousand years. In modern tines, the Machine describes him as a “true monster”.

    Sui-San 

Sui-San

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sui_san_28earth_61629_from_eternals_thanos_rises_vol_1_1_001.jpg

Notable Aliases: Excluded "S"

First Appearance: Captain Marvel #29 (November, 1973)

A follower of the genocidal Uranos, she was exiled (or fled) when he was defeated, eventually becoming the last survivor of that faction who wasn’t killed and mindwiped. She eventually married another exiled Eternal, A'Lars, becoming the mother of Thanos and Eros.


  • Cassandra Truth: She tried to kill her son, Thanos, seeing death in his eyes. Unfortunately, she was disbelieved and thought insane.
  • Damsel in Distress: Played straight in the original Rescue Romance version of her meeting with A'Lars. Sui-San was alone, apparently dressed only in a loincloth, and would surely have died on Titan if he hadn't saved her. As seen in Thanos Rises, the current version of the story averts the trope - Sui-San was the sole survivor, but she was fully dressed, armed and equipped. And she greeted A'Lars with a gun to the back of his head.
  • Defiant Captive: Fuelled by her hate for Thanos. Torture and repeated murder aren’t going to persuade her to help him. Threatening to hurt humans if she doesn’t cooperate is also ineffective.
    Sui-San: I do not believe in unconditional love, Thanos. But know this: my hate for you is unconditional.
  • The Exile: She met A'Lars in exile, having sided with the Uranites and left earth when that faction lost power. The original stories state that they were captured, sentenced and formally exiled. The 2021 series suggests they fled at the end of the war, and that they would have been mindwiped if they hadn’t escaped.
  • Killed Off for Real: Eventually subverted. The 1974 stories that introduced her as a Posthumous Character established that she was killed by her son Thanos. The 2021 series revealed that the usual Eternal Resurrective Immortality promptly revived her on Earth, but Thanos wasn't aware of that for a long time and assumed she was really dead.
  • Last of Its Kind: When A'Lars met her, she was the only remaining Uranite Eternal on Titan - all others had died, revived on earth and had their memories deleted.
  • Love Makes You Evil: The Uranites were apparently genocidal extremists, but Sui-San claims she didn't share their philosophy. She was in love with another Eternal who sided with them, so made the same choice to preserve their relationship during the civil war that followed.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: At least from the perspective of Earth's Eternals. Sui-San was immediately Excluded after her resurrection on Earth. That's mostly because of her role as Thanos's mother, but she was already seen as a dangerous fugitive after allying with Uranos.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Inverted. She was Excluded by The Machine for the sins of her son Thanos. She's eventually revived but imprisoned at The Exclusion by The Machine, to ensure neither she nor A'Lars is ever used to create another being like Thanos ever again. She openly blames her husband for it.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Her first death at the hands of Thanos, wherein she was stripped to undergarments and strapped down on a slab for vivisection, as per Thanos Rising. When resurrected, she awoke in the Exclusion screaming.
  • The Unreveal: Sui-San didn’t share the Uranites' genocidal view, and she says she only joined them because her love had already sided with them. But Thanos Rises pointedly fails to reveal who that love was.

    Thanos 

Thanos

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/thanosnew.png

Notable Aliases: The Mad Titan

First Appearance: Iron Man #55 (October, 1972)

An Eternal with the Deviant gene, making him unique and extremely powerful, even amongst his own kind. Above all else, Thanos loves and worships Mistress Death. Few can equal his intelligence, strength, and ambition for power. Thanos has wielded the Cosmic Cube, the Infinity Gauntlet, and even the Heart of the Universe.


See Thanos

Other Eternals

The Marvel universe has many alien races - and the godlike Celestials created Eternals on many worlds, not just on Earth. Some of those Eternals have also interacted with their counterparts on Earth, or have appeared in other Marvel stories.
    Ard-Con 

Ard-Con

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ard_con_earth_616_from_captain_marvel_starforce_tpb_vol_1_1_001_5.jpg

Notable Aliases: Ultimus, the Demon Druid

First Appearance: Thor #209 (December, 1972)

A Kree Eternal who came to Earth thousands of years ago, only to be trapped and imprisoned by another alien (the Deviant Tantalus). Escaping in modern times, he clashed with Thor and Excalibur before returning to the Kree and joining their 'Starforce' squad of elite warriors.


See Kree.

    Kly'bn 

Kly'bn, the Eternal Skrull

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/klybn_earth_616_from_incredible_hercules_vol_1_119_001.jpg

First Appearance: Incredible Hercules #117 (July, 2008)

A Skrull Eternal who ascended to godhood after all other Skrull Eternals were destroyed. Along with his consort Queen Sl'gur't, he was one of the two leaders of the Skrull pantheon - and clashed with the gods of Earth (and the Eternal Ajak) when the Skrulls tried to invade.


See Skrulls.

Top