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A group of Badoon Hunters led by their leader Brother Royal. Interior artwork from X-Men Annual 5 (1981) Art by Brent Anderson.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceSilver Surfer #2 (October 1968)
Created byStan Lee (writer)
John Buscema (artist)
Place of originMoord (males)
Lotiara (females)
Notable membersKang the Conqueror, Brother Royal, Tolaria

The Badoon are a fictional reptilian alien species appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.[1] The Badoon Exfulgence are notable for living under strict gender segregation, resulting in two separate societies; the Brotherhood of Badoon (ruled by a "Brother Royal") and the Sisterhood of Badoon (ruled by a Queen).

The Brotherhood live on the planet Moord[2] in the Lomora[3] star system, in the Milky Way, while the Sisterhood reside on the Badoon homeworld of Lotiara[2] (Capella II, also known as "Swampworld"[4]), 42.2 light years from Earth.

Publication history

The Badoon first appeared in Silver Surfer #2 and were created by Stan Lee and John Buscema.[5]

Fictional history

Female Badoon from The Defenders #28 (Oct 1975). Art by Sal Buscema.
Female Badoon from The Defenders #28 (Oct 1975). Art by Sal Buscema.

The Badoon Exfulgence is older than the Kree and the Skrulls. There was a natural hatred between the two genders, and they fought each other in long gender wars. The males won and placed the weaker females in captivity.[6] In time, the males further developed technology and abandoned Lotiara, returning only when their mating drive made it necessary. The males became conquerors of worlds, while the females became pacifists, content to remain in peace on their homeworld and ignorant of the males' star-spanning empire.[4]

Among the Brotherhood's conquest attempts are the Zen Whoberi, the Spartax Empire, and the extra-dimensional world of Polemachus.[7] They have been known to form alliances with the Brood (against the Shi'ar and Earth's superhumans[8]), the Kree (against the Skrulls[9]), and Byrrah of Atlantis.[10] They were also responsible for killing a woman who would have become the universe's greatest peacemaker.[11]

Badoon invasion attempts of Earth have been overcome by the Silver Surfer,[12] Namor,[10] and the New Warriors.[13] They were also opposed by the combined forces of the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Arkon in order to liberate Arkon's homeworld and prevent an invasion of the Shi'ar empire.[14]

At the time of the Annihilation Wave the Badoon Empire controlled 37.7% of the Milky Way Galaxy.[15] Despite this, the Badoon are considered a minor species. The time traveler Major Victory warned the Guardians of the Galaxy that they need to take the Badoon seriously, as soon they'll become the greatest military threat in the galaxy.[16]

The Inhumans and the Kree later form an alliance with the Badoon alongside the Centaurians, the Dire Wraiths, and the Kymellians. They were put through the same experimental procedure so that they cannot be harmed by the Terrigen Mists. The Badoons' procedure had them going through Amphogenesis upon injecting one drop of the diluted water from the dormant Amphogen (a mutagenic substance).[17] The Badoons were present on Earth's moon upon Black Bolt's return and when the prophecy of the four cities is known.[18]

The Badoon Exfulgence’s currency is the Kreull.


The Monster of Badoon. Art by Brent Anderson.
The Monster of Badoon. Art by Brent Anderson.

The Brotherhood are capable of faster-than-light space travel and also possess personal cloaking technology. They employ a hand-held particle gun called the "basic weapon." Although males typically wear minimal clothing, some soldiers wear an explosive "frag-thong"[9] that destroys approximately ten surrounding enemies once a Badoon is shot down.

There is also a large, muscular cyborg-like being sometimes used in personal combat called the Monster of Badoon.[19] The Badoon will bolster their forces with Zom soldiers: the corpses of victims turned into cyborg warriors.[20] They are known to use Saturnian Hound-Hawks in the 31st century.[21]

Known Badoons

Other versions


The Brotherhood are most closely associated with the Guardians of the Galaxy's 'Multiverse' timeline of Earth-691. In this reality, Earth fought a war with them in the 30th century until both Earth and its solar system colonies were conquered in the year 3007, and many races were nearly all wiped out. The Guardians of the Galaxy were made up of different species, and put together by Starhawk. The human Michael Korvac, joined the Badoon and became a cyborg. The Solar System was liberated by the intervention of the Sisterhood in 3014.[26] Almost all information about the Sisterhood comes from the Guardians of the Galaxy's encounters with them in this timeline. Recent stories as of 2008 have depicted the Sisterhood who exist in the Earth-616 reality as being as warlike as the Brotherhood, suggesting that this origin story does not apply to the "mainstream" version of the Sisterhood.


In the Earth-93112 timeline, the Badoon Ecclaw was one of the last survivors of the Intergalactic Alliance destroyed by the Magus, who is best known as the mentor of the superhero Maxam.[27]

Avengers Forever

In another timeline, the Badoon were conquered by Kang.[28]

In other media



  1. ^ Wells, John (2014). American Comic Book Chronicles: 1965-1969. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 198. ISBN 978-1605490557.
  2. ^ a b Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #2, 1983
  3. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1 #30, Nov 1992
  4. ^ a b Defenders v1 #28, by Steve Gerber, Oct 1975
  5. ^ Brevoort, Tom; DeFalco, Tom; Manning, Matthew K.; Sanderson, Peter; Wiacek, Win (2017). Marvel Year By Year: A Visual History. DK Publishing. p. 132. ISBN 978-1465455505.
  6. ^ Obias, Rudie (February 21, 2014). "Why the Skrulls and Badoon May Never Be Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe". Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  7. ^ Uncanny X-Men Annual #5, 1981
  8. ^ Contest of Champions v2 #1-5, September–November 1999
  9. ^ a b Silver Surfer v3 #27, by Steve Englehart, September 1989
  10. ^ a b Sub-Mariner #50-51
  11. ^ Captain Marvel v4 #1
  12. ^ Silver Surfer vol. 1, #2
  13. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #10
  14. ^ Uncanny X-Men Annual #5 (1981)
  15. ^ Annihilation Prologue #1 (May 2006)
  16. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 #7-8
  17. ^ Fantastic Four #577
  18. ^ FF #7
  19. ^ Silver Surfer v1 #2 (Oct 1968)
  20. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy #7 (2008)
  21. ^ a b c Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (1969)
  22. ^ a b c Legendary Star-Lord #1 (2014)
  23. ^ Maximum Security:Dangerous Planet#1 (2000)
  24. ^ Fantastic Four vol. 3 #51 (2003)
  25. ^ Guardian Of The Galaxy vol. 1 #1 (1990)
  26. ^ Marvel Presents #3, by Steve Gerber, Feb 1976
  27. ^ Warlock and the Infinity Watch #41
  28. ^ Avengers Forever #9