According to myth, the Acanti are an ancient species which peacefully wandered through space, benevolent and compassionate by nature. The Acanti were led by one individual known as the Prophet-Singer. The Prophet-Singer was the repository of the Acanti's racial Soul, a collective semi-mystical force that linked and motivated the Acanti species. As death approached, the Acanti typically hurled themselves into stars. The Prophet-Singer of each generation would also do so, releasing the Soul to join the body of the next Prophet-Singer.[citation needed]

Upon migrating to the Milky Way galaxy, the Brood began to enslave the Acanti to take advantage of their natural ability to travel at speeds exceeding light. The Brood would infect individual Acanti with a disease known as the Slaver Virus, which would destroy the higher cognitive functions of their minds, making them ripe for easy control. Then, the Brood would transform the mindless husks into living starships. The Brood succeeded in enslaving the Acanti Prophet-Singer, and when he eventually died and crashed on a planet, its body was reconstructed as the "throne city" (presumably like a capital) on the planet (referred to as "Broodworld" or "Sleazeworld") that the Brood then established as the center of their empire. Thus, the Soul remained trapped in the skull of the dead Prophet-Singer even though a new Prophet-Singer had recently been born. With the Soul trapped, the Acanti suffered.[citation needed]
Acanti from Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 165 0001


During the X-Men's first conflict with the Brood the X-Men were been implanted with Brood eggs. The young Prophet-Singer encountered the desperate hero Storm as the egg began to hatch, transforming Storm into a Brood alien. The Prophet-Singer saved Storm (who had destroyed the egg and critically wounded herself). Other Acanti merged Storm's consciousness with that of the Prophet-Singer while Storm's body healed in a cocoon within the Prophet-Singer.[citation needed]

The X-Men then agreed to release the Soul from Broodworld. After a battle against the Brood, Binary succeeded in releasing the Soul from the crystalline room in which it was trapped. The grateful Soul purged the X-Men of the Brood embryos and transformed the Brood's Queen into inanimate crystal. The Soul united with the young Prophet-Singer, who assumed leadership of the Acanti.[citation needed]

Alternate realities


In this reality, Xavier somehow became an Acanti.[3] Eventually, he became infested by the Broods and his psychic potential was used by the Brood Queen.[4]

Acanti (Earth-92131) from X-Men The Animated Series Season 4 10 002


On Earth-92131, an Acanti was enslaved by the Broods to be their vessel. It was freed when Professor X used his psychic powers to break the Brood's control. The Brood (called "The Family") couldn't stand the Acanti's song, while the X-Man Rogue found it beautiful.[5]

Powers and Abilities


Can fly and survive in the vacuum of space

Average Strength level

Class 100


Habitat: The Vacuum of Space
Gravity: 0.0
Atmosphere: The Vacuum of Space


Cultural Traits: Peaceful


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