The Deviant Skrulls are commonly known as "Skrulls".
This page is about the Skrulls as a species. For the Skrulls as a group, please refer to the Skrull Empire page.


Skrull Cows (Earth-616) from Fantastic Four Vol 1 2 0001

First appearance


The Skrulls are a race of green-skinned, humanoid shapeshifters from the Andromeda Galaxy. They are a fierce warrior race who carved for themselves the oldest interstellar empire in the universe's history. Skrull science is generally at a higher level than the science of human civilization. The Skrulls were ruled by an Emperor or Empress, who had absolute power.[11]


The ancestors of the Skrulls were allegedly created by the Xorrians (along with all humanoid life-forms, such as Kree and Humans) from their own DNA.[12][1] These Skrull ancestors resided on Skrullos, a planet in the Drox system.

Almost a billion years ago the Celestials arrived and experimented on the Skrulls' reptilian ancestors. As the Celestials did with humans, they split the species into three branches: the "normal/latent/prime" branch who were capable of eventually rapidly evolving into Celestial-like beings, the shape-shifting Deviant branch, and the immortal Eternal branch. As in the case with humans, the Deviant and Eternal branches went to war. Unlike the case with humans, however, the Deviant branch wiped out all other Skrulls, thus all modern Skrulls were descendants of the Deviant branch. The Skrulls later (or earlier) split into two more groups, being the modern Skrulls and the Dire Wraiths, a parasitic race that could still shape-shift and had use of magic, but were not as technologically advanced as the Skrulls. Dire Wraith's are analogous to the Skrulls as vampires are to humans.[13]

Early Years

Their shape-shifting powers aided the Skrulls' departure into space. When they encountered a new race, they simply transformed themselves to resemble that race. The Skrull Empire that resulted from these contacts was based on free trade and mutual cooperation. In the beginning the Skrulls were a peaceful, scientifically inclined race.[citation needed] Their scientists also formed the first Cosmic Cube that later became the Shaper of Worlds.[14]

The Kree


Kree-Skrull War

The Skrulls voyaged to the Milky Way and Large Magellanic Cloud. In the latter cluster they discovered the Kree homeworld of Hala. The Kree were in the dawn of their culture; at this point they shared Hala with the plant race, the Cotati. The Skrulls decided to favor one of the races with their advanced technology and devised a test to determine which would be the favored race.

The Skrulls created the Blue Area of the Moon and transported bands of Kree and Cotati there. Both groups were left to accomplish what they could. The Skrulls judged the Cotati’s works to be superior. This angered the Kree and led to a vicious attack in which the Kree band slew the Skrull judges and the Cotati. The Kree stole the Skrull's star-ship and technology. Because of the immense distances involved, decades passed before the Skrulls learned of the Kree's activities. By this time it was too late. The Kree had become advanced and audacious enough to attack the Skrulls in their home galaxy. During the millennia that followed, the Skrulls developed the vicious streak needed to conduct intergalactic war. Their entire culture was remade in the warrior image as the war began.[15]

100,000 years ago the Skrull capital was relocated to Tarnax IV, later renamed Throneworld. The Skrull Empire was controlled by an Emperor and each of the 978 worlds was controlled by a Governor.[11]

At some point, the Skrulls became genetically frozen in place, unable to evolve further, as punishment for a single Skrull abusing the power of the Crystal of Ultimate Vision, located within the Citadel of Light and Shadow.[16]


Skrulls became aware of Earth when they discovered a space warp linking Earth and Throneworld. Later they discovered that the Earth possessed an equidistant link to Hala. They saw Earth as a world to conquer but they were content to hold off a full invasion, perhaps afraid the Kree would learn of the plot. Because of their caution, the Skrulls sent only a handful of scout warriors to infiltrate Earth.[citation needed]

The Skrull agents revealing how they imitated the FF

Fearing the Fantastic Four would stand in their way of an invasion of Earth, four Skrull agents came to Earth and posed as the team in order to ruin their reputation. The real Fantastic Four were able to expose the Skrull agents and clear their names. The Fantastic Four stole the Skrulls' rocket ship and found their mother-ship in Earth orbit. Posing as the Skrull agents, they tricked the captain into believing that Earth was too dangerous to invade. Reed Richards "volunteered" to stay behind and remove any trace of the Skrulls' presence on Earth. Falling for Richard's deception, the captain called off the invasion. Once back on Earth the Fantastic Four hid the remaining Skrull agents by convincing them to transform into cows. Reed hypnotized them into believing they were real cows. They were left in a field to graze for the rest of their lives.[17]

Over the years, the Skrull empire sent many agents against Earth, including the Super-Skrull,[18][19] Paibok the Power Skrull,[20] Effigy,[21] Ethan Edwards,[22] and Skrull-X.[23]

Fall of an Empire

The Skrull throneworld was devoured by Galactus and the Imperial starfleet destroyed by Galactus's herald, Nova (Frankie Raye).[24] With the destruction of a central government, the Skrull Empire collapsed into hundreds of bickering factions. Their galaxy was now filled with Governors declaring themselves “Emperor". The Shi'ar maintained a heavy presence in the former empire as well, constantly dealing with pockets of resistance.[citation needed]

The greatest blow to the Skrulls was the destruction of their shape-shifting powers for a time due to their Hyper-Wave Bomb which stabilized the deviant genetic code of all Skrulls everywhere that granted their abilities. This was accomplished by Reed Richards and yet another Governor-turned-Emperor.[25]

Annihilation Wave and Secret Invasion

The Skrull Empire was the first of the major interstellar empires to be invaded by the forces of Annihilus. Within less than six months, what little remained of the Skrull Empire was destroyed.[26] The Annihilation Wave's super weapon, the Harvester of Sorrow, destroyed hundreds of Skrull planets.[27] In the aftermath the Skrulls unsuccessfully attempted to convince Hulkling to become their new Emperor.[28]

With almost all their planets destroyed and under the leadership of the extremist Queen Veranke, the Skrulls infiltrated Earth for a major assault. Several heroes were replaced by Skrulls. Eventually, Reed Richards was able to pierce through the shape-shifting and all heroes and villains banded together to stop the Skrulls. Unfortunately, the Skrulls activated a fail-safe within the Wasp, turning her into a biological weapon. Thor had no choice but to "destroy" her. Angered, the humans attacked the Skrulls, killing Veranke and destroying their fleet in orbit in retaliation. All the missing heroes, villains and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were found alive and returned to Earth.[citation needed]

With the lost of the Skrull planets during the Annihilation Wave in addition to the death of Skrull forces and its queen on Earth, the Skrull Empire was officially decimated.[29]


The Super-Skrull became one of many Warlords seeking to re-unite the divided Skrull territories, eventually growing in power and influence until he became one of the six most powerful Warlords.

When the mysterious Builders began their invasion of the various space empires, the remnants of the Skrull Empire among them, the Warlords united against this common foe. When news of a War Council of various galactic powers reached the Skrulls, Kl'rt was chosen to represent the Skrulls. An alliance was created, with Kl'rt commanding the Skrulls and playing a key role in the council.[30]

The war initially went poorly, but the alliance eventually managed to turn the tide and through a series of key battles, the Builders were defeated and the worlds occupied by them liberated.[31] In order to repay the efforts of the Avengers in the war, and seeking glory and great battle, Kl'rt accompanied Alliance forces to Earth in order to free it from occupation by Thanos. They succeeded in liberating The Peak and killing one of Thanos' lieutenants, Black Dwarf.[32]

After his great victory in the war against the Builders, Kl'rt was crowned Emperor of a reborn Skrull Empire, as the alien race now settled on the planet Tarnax II.[33]



The Skrulls are oviparous.[2] Skrull females do not give live birth; instead, they lay eggs like their reptilian evolutionary ancestors. Skrull children are known as "hatchlings". Despite their reptilian evolutionary roots, however, Skrulls have hair and the females have mammary glands and nurse their young.[11]


It was known that Skrulls were capable of producing hybrid offspring with humans and Kree.[2]

On Earth-9997, it was revealed that Thanos was a hybrid of Eternals and Skrulls, as his mother Sui-San was in fact a Skrull.[34]

Diseases and Genetic Conditions


The Skrull prince Klundirk was affected with cancer.[35]


On Earth-829, Skyppi contracted a form of tuberculosis common to the Skrull species.[36]

Mutants and Skrull Evolution

The Skrulls are evolutionarily stagnant. They can not evolve naturally and can only move forward genetically through artificial means.[37]

Despite this, mutants (a.k.a K-class deviants) have been observed, particularly on Carpiax-IV, where Lord Merek's fecundity-supplement program resulted a higher number of K-class births. It was common to cull Skrull mutants in the interest of genetic purity. One group of Skrull mutants, Cadre K, was rescued and trained by Professor X.[38]


Blackagar Boltagon (Skrull) (Earth-616) from New Avengers Illuminati Vol 2 5 001

A Super Skrull

A normal Skrull can only take on the appearance of their template, not the abilities of that person. Warskrulls, an elite group of Skrulls gifted with the ability to emulate the powers as well as the appearance of their templates.[39] Warskrulls do not naturally have this ability; instead, special encoding technology is used to grant them their powers.[citation needed]

Once lost, the use of Mutant Skrulls permitted the recreation of the Warskrulls' genome.[1]

Alternate Realities

The Skrulls are present in many realities, with more or less important variations in their history, appearances, and biology.

Powers and Abilities


Deviant Skrulls from Young Avengers Vol 1 11 001

Skrulls using their shape-shifting to fly

  • Shape-shifting: Skrulls are able to alter their forms into that of anything they can imagine, be it organic or inorganic. It must, however, be solid. They can assume the form of someone but not their powers. When they imitate an inorganic object, they take on its appearance, but not its properties. They can also use their abilities to grow extra limbs. They have no apparent size limit, as they are been seen to assume the form of a common housefly, and shapes many times larger than their normal selves. Skrulls can also use their shape-shifting capabilities to change their sex: males can become females and vice versa. Skrulls only take on the appearance of an object or person and none of that object or person’s characteristics. There is a limit to the size of the object or person a Skrull can imitate. The average Skrull cannot distend his or her mass any more than 1.5 times as large a volume as his or her original volume, nor can he or she contract his or her mass any more than 0.75 a volume as his or her original.
    • Elasticity, Plasticity, Elongation: Their shape-shifting abilities allow them to alter their bodies in much the same way as Mr. Fantastic, so that they can stretch to great lengths, or form other shapes with their bodies, such as balls, parachutes, or anything else.
      • Flight: They are able to fly by shape-shifting a pair of wings onto their back, or turning their arms into wings.
    • Size Alteration: They are also capable of altering their size independently of altering their form, allowing them to grow or shrink while maintaining their current form
    • Mimicry: Skrulls are cunning spies due to their ability to mimic sounds and voices. This is mainly used in conjunction with the shapes they shift into.


Weapon Formation: Skrulls are able to use their shapeshifting abilities to form weapons with parts of their bodies. For instance, they can shape their arms into blades or clubs including guns. This ability makes them dangerous hand-to-hand combatants.

Average Strength level



Skrull Shape-Shifting: Skrulls only take on the appearance of an object or person and none of that object or person’s characteristics. There is a limit to the size of the object or person a Skrull can imitate. The average Skrull cannot distend his or her mass any more than 1.5 times as large a volume as his or her original volume, nor can he or she contract his or her mass any more than 0.75 a volume as his or her original.


Gravity: Earth-like
Atmosphere: Earth-like
Population: 30 billion (prior to Annihilation Wave attack); currently unknown.



Type of Government: Totalitarian monarchy under a single Emperor or Emperess (succession disrupted by destruction of Tarnax IV, death of surviving royal family members, and ensuring civil wars, re-instated with the crowning of the new Emperor, Kl'rt I).
Level of Technology: Superior to Earth; Advanced warp-drive star-ships, robots, cyborg, cybernetic technology, and energy weaponry.
Cultural Traits: Warrior Race. The entire Skrull economy is built around its military pushing their tendency to instigate wars and campaigns of conquest.[43]



Main article: Skrull Dictionary

The Skrulls speak different languages and dialects, among them the Irdu Dialect of the Skrull Thort Language,[44][45] the Tligi Dialect of the Skrull Language.[46] and the Skrullian.[47]


Photon Blaster: Standard issue military sidearm.



  • While the average Skrull will fearlessly and loyally execute any duties, he will also try to find ways to better his own position. A Skrull will betray another Skrull if it is to his own advantage.[citation needed]
  • The Skrulls are somewhat associated with the Chitauri.


Recommended Readings

See Also

Links and References


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Skrulls! #1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Marvel Fact Files #2
  3. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #2; Dire Wraiths' entry
  4. Uncanny X-Men #376, opposed to Mutant Skrulls
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #12
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rom #50
  7. Ultimate Secrets #1
  8. Ultimate Fantastic Four #27
  9. Ultimate Fantastic Four #28
  10. Incredible Hercules #120
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #10
  12. Thor #215
  13. Silver Surfer Vol 3 #5
  14. Captain America Annual #7
  15. Avengers #133
  16. Uncanny X-Men Annual #1987
  17. Fantastic Four #2
  18. Fantastic Four #18
  19. Fantastic Four #32
  20. Fantastic Four #358
  21. Marvel: The Lost Generation #4
  22. Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #13-18
  23. Fantastic Four #204
  24. 24.0 24.1 Fantastic Four #257
  25. Fantastic Four Annual #19
  26. Annihilation #1
  27. 27.0 27.1 Annihilation: Super-Skrull #3
  28. Young Avengers #9-12
  29. Secret Invasion #8
  30. Avengers Vol 5 #18
  31. Infinity #5
  32. Avengers Vol 5 #23
  33. Infinity #6
  34. Universe X #X
  35. Spider-Woman Vol 6 #3-4
  36. Hercules: Twilight of a God #1
  37. Skrulls! #1; Citadel of Light and Shadow's entry
  38. Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet #1
  39. Uncanny X-Men #274-277
  40. Annihilation: Super-Skrull #1
  41. Infinity: Against the Tide: Infinite Comic #2
  42. 42.0 42.1 Fantastic Four #383
  43. Fantastic Four The Universal Guide
  44. New Avengers #40
  45. What If...? World War Hulk #1
  46. Mighty Avengers #12
  47. Fantastic Four Annual #18
  48. Avengers #133-134
  49. Avengers Annual #14
  50. Silver Surfer Vol 3 #25
  51. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
  52. Skrulls! #1Flaw's entry
  53. Uncanny X-Men #376
  54. A + X #16