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The D'Bari

Film Appearances: Dark Phoenix

"What remains of my people searched the stars for that power to control it."

The D'Bari are a race of shape-shifting aliens. Their planet was destroyed by the Phoenix Force, and they set out to find said force and use it for themselves, which brought them to Earth.

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  • Adaptational Villainy: The D'Bari are very minor players in Marvel Comics (neither were even named in their first appearance) and are widely portrayed as a peaceful people.
  • Alien Invasion: There's only a small group of them on Earth due to being a Dying Race. Getting their hands on the Phoenix Force would negate this limitation big time.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: They are downright hostile to humans and mutants and don't hesitate to kill in the pursuit of their goals, which include conquest of worlds.
    Vuk: Your lives mean nothing. Your world will be ours.
  • Came from the Sky: They land on Earth like meteors.
  • Composite Character: They are based on the alien species of the same name from the comics, but their ability to shape shift in this movie makes them more reminiscent of the Skrulls, which a completely different race of green-skinned aliens from the comics.
  • Dying Race: There's only a few of them left after the Phoenix Force destroyed their world.
  • Expy: The D'Bari are treated as ones for the much more well-known Skrulls, being sneaky, manipulative alien creatures that can shapeshift and have other enhanced abilities.
  • The Greys: The few glimpses of their real appearance show them having a greyish skin. They are green in the comics.
  • Healing Factor: They can regenerate when injured.
  • Immune to Bullets: To some extent. They regenerate easily from wounds inflicted by small caliber weapons (one absorbs a full magazine of 5.56mm rounds), but they don't seem to survive .50 cal machine gun fire.
  • Kill and Replace: They kill and take the shape of the first humans they come across.
  • Mind over Matter: They seem to have some limited telekinetic abilities such as when they do the chest-twisting thing to humans, but nowhere near what Jean Grey can do.
  • Mook Chivalry: After Jean crashes the train, the remaining D’Bari attack her one at a time, enabling her to disintegrate each in quick succession.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Dark Phoenix is the first X-Men movie to feature an extraterrestrial threat with them.
  • Party Scattering: Vuk is separated from the group when landing on Earth, and finds the rest later on.
  • The Remnant: When Vuk meets the rest of the D'Bari, she bemoans that this - a few dozen individuals at best - is all that's left of their once mighty empire.
  • ShapeShifting: They can replicate the appearance of the beings from the worlds they invade. In this case, they disguise themselves as humans.
  • Super Strength: They're strong enough to tear off chunks of an armored train.
  • This Was His True Form: When they're killed, whatever disguise they had vanishes.
  • Touch of Death: The D'Bari's typical means of killing are touching the victim's chest, twisting it and stopping their heart.


"Your lives mean nothing. Your world will be ours."

Played By: Jessica Chastain

Voiced By: Rafaèle Moutier (French)

Film Appearances: Dark Phoenix

"With my help, you could control what’s inside you. Harness that power to create whole new worlds. Turn dust into water. Water into life."

A D'Bari leader. After landing on Earth, she kills a human named Margaret Smith and impersonates her, then starts looking for the host of the Phoenix Force — Jean Grey.

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Vuk is the only D'Bari who's ever done anything particularly evil, and while he's smug and anti-"primitive beings", he's also Trapped in Villainy, with Sub-Mariner threatening his only way home if he doesn't defeat the Avengers. This version of the character is a corrupting influence on the already unstable Jean, and a complete sociopath willing to kill anyone in her way, while the rest of the D'Bari conspire to invade the Earth.
  • All There in the Script: Her name is never mentioned in the dialog.
  • Badass Longcoat: She wears her longcoat during the Final Battle.
  • Big Bad: She's the leader of the D'Bari group on Earth, and the main antagonist in Dark Phoenix.
  • Composite Character: This version of Vuk is given aspects of Emma Frost (in that that she is depicted as a blonde-haired, emotionally detached, woman who manipulates Jean Grey and temporarily gains access to the Phoenix Force) and Jason Wyngarde/Mastermind in that she spends most of the film disguised in something other than her true appearance and displays an illusion casting ability in the scene where she shows Jean Grey the destruction of the D'Bari homeworld.
  • The Corruptor: She tries to get Jean to embrace the darkness and raw power that comes with the Phoenix Force. Turns out to be part of her plan - to get Jean so emotionally off-balance she'll willingly give up the Phoenix Force to Vuk.
  • Defiant to the End: As Jean begins to burn her to death while saying the her emotions made her stronger, Vuk just gives her a cold stare.
  • Gender Flip: Vuk is male in the comics, and female here. However, because the D'Bari are shapeshifters, it's possible that Vuk's true form is male or genderless.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Destroyed by the power she sought.
  • Immune to Mind Control: When on the run, Jean stops at a bar and disguises herself as an old man by manipulating the mind of the humans around her with an illusion. That illusion doesn't work on Vuk.
  • Implacable Man: With the help of the Phoenix Force and her own Healing Factor, she plows through the X-Men during the climax; she gets electrocuted, hacked up with a knife, shot with the train's entire armory, and thrown off the train, with none of that really putting a dent in her until she goes up against Jean.
  • Kick the Dog: In her first scene, she kills Margaret Smith before doing the same to Margaret's dog Luna offscreen. Vuk would later kill Margaret's husband by making his heart stop beating before allowing her cohorts to kill the rest of Margaret's party guests, all without emotion.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Vuk retains her black dress and high heels throughout the final fight, which sees her curb-stomping the X-Men and Magneto until Jean kills her.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: In the comics, Vuk made his debut in 1964 and went after the Avengers. In particular, he's a Starter Villain to the newly-reawakened Captain America, giving Cap the chance to demonstrate his skills to the team, leading to him becoming a member. Being at odds with the X-Men is one of many, many changes Dark Phoenix made to the character.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female Big Bad in the X-Men Film Series.
  • The Sociopath: Shows no qualms about killing multiple people, manipulates Jean for her own agenda, and does not show any empathy to anyone. She also has a disdain for emotional attachments, believing them to make people weak.
  • Super Toughness: Thanks to a combination of her newfound powers plus Healing Factor, she survives Jean throwing her under a train and Magneto emptying an arsenal of automatic weaponry into her.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Comes with being a villainous alien taking the appearance of a woman with white hair.


"That power has been contained inside one of them."

Played By: Ato Essandoh

Voiced By: Namakan Koné (French)

Film Appearances: Dark Phoenix

A D'Bari under Vuk's command.

  • Beard of Evil: He's a villainous alien whose disguise sports a short chinstrap beard.
  • The Dragon: He is Vuk's Number Two, and among the D'Bari it takes the most time for the X-Men to get rid of during the train battle.
  • No Name Given: He's the second and last D'Bari to not qualify as mere mook, but his alien name is not specified, so he's referred to with the name of the human he killed and replaced.
  • Number Two: He is second-in-command of the D'Bari party on Earth after Vuk.
  • Scary Black Man: Since he's a villainous alien who took the appearance of a black man.
  • Squashed Flat: He gets crushed within a train compartment by Magneto along with a bunch of other D'Bari during the train battle.


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