List of Marvel Comics characters: K
- Garrison Kane
- Kang the Conqueror
- Karen Page
- Kariook the Corruptor
- Karthon the Quester
- Kehl of Tauran
- Robert Kelly
Sal Kennedy is an aging hippie and an old friend of Tony Stark and Maya Hansen. When the Extremis virus is stolen, the duo seek him out for guidance. Some time later, after Sal had taken a position at S.H.I.E.L.D. under its new director, Tony, he is killed during an attack by a genetically engineered monster. Stricken by grief and guilt, Maya delivers Extremis samples to the Mandarin, unaware that he is a criminal and that he orchestrated the attack. The character, created by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov, first appeared in Iron Man vol. 4, #2 (February 2005), and features as a major recurring character throughout the Extremis arc.
Key is a mutant whose first appearance is in Cable vol. 2 #79. Key was a member of Randall Shire's small travelling carnival in Australia before Shire was possessed by the alien Undying known as Semijan and enslaved Key and his brother Wall with his mutant vocal power. Key was forced to serve Shire, but still managed to alert Clarity, an enigmatic source of the mutant hero Cable's journalist friend Irene Merryweather, of Semijan's plans for Shire. Key is a low-level mutant who possesses an incredible affinity for computers. He is the ultimate hacker with access to information about anyone at his fingertips. Key lost his mutant powers after M-Day.
Khaos is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics Universe.
The royal dark elf Khaos was stolen as an infant to be raised by fair elven royalty. Becoming a mercenary alongside half-elf swordsman Kromm, human archer Longstrider and elven teknowizards Kamendae and Quarto, Khaos eventually learned his true identity and purpose: to end the eternal war between Irth's many teknomystical races. He succeeded, but the human archmage Ghath attacked Khaos and was inadvertently sent to Earth-616. Khaos selected a volunteer to go kill Ghath, but the spell malfunctioned, sending Khaos instead. The British team Excalibur of 616 followed Ghath and Khaos back to Irth, where Ghath had already gathered his forces for a final assault on Khaos. Excalibur and Khaos's followers defeated Ghath's forces, but when Excalibur returned home, Khaos was accidentally exiled as well. Declining Excalibur membership, Khaos decided to try re-creating Ghath's original teleportation spell to return to his native world and keep it from falling once more into eternal war.
Khonshu is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe, based loosely on the Khonshu of Egyptian mythology. Khonshu first appeared in Moon Knight #1 (November 1980). He is the patron of the superhero Moon Knight.
While Khonshu possessed Moon Knight during the hero's time with the West Coast Avengers, Khonshu was often shown as a largely benevolent god who wanted to assist the team. He was at times shown to be conflicted as to whether he should reveal his powers and what was worthy of it. He was able to effortlessly resist being controlled by the mutant The Voice.
Moon Knight volume #4 initially treats Khonshu in a rather different way, portraying him as a harsh and unforgiving god of vengeance who is strengthened by the fear that his avatar inspires. Accordingly, he is quite prepared to manipulate Marc Spector's allies and enemies in order to revive Moon Knight's career, and is highly critical of Spector. As with many Moon Knight stories, the line between reality and hallucination is sometimes intentionally blurred, but aspects of the art and story do strongly suggest that Khonshu's actions are entirely real. Khonshu also appears as a statue, but primarily converses with Moon Knight in the mutilated form of the Bushman, a villain who was killed when Spector carved off his face. Khonshu calls this his 'greatest work.' Moon Knight eventually breaks the influence of Khonshu, seeing the god as a scale in line with a cockroach.
Other versions of Khonshu
Khonshu in other media
Khonshu does appear as an alternate costume for Moon Knight in the video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, it is however the version of Moon Knight at the time Marc Spector's body was inhabited by Khonshu.
The character made subsequent appearances in Eternals #5-7 (February–April 1986), #9-12 (June–September 1986), The Avengers #310 (November 1989), Eternals: The Herod Factor #1 (March 1994), and Fantastic Four Unlimited #10 (July 1995).
He accompanied Ikaris in his battle with Kro, and followed Kro and Thena to Deviant Lemuria. In Lemuria, Khoryphos met a Deviant woman, Yrdisis, with whom he fell in love. For a time, the couple smuggled innocents from Lemuria. He was unable to save Yrdisis from the Weird Sisters (minions of Maelstrom), but the Fantastic Four healed him from Charm's poison.
Khoryphos received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #7.
Kid Briton (Brian Braddock) is a fictional character from Marvel Comics. He first appeared in issue #1 of the Avengers Arena series as part of the Marvel NOW! event, and was created by Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker.
Kid Briton came from the alternate reality of Earth-13022 when he was brought here by Captain Britain. Kid Briton is one of sixteen teenagers kidnapped by Arcade who forces them to fight each other to the death in his latest version of Murderworld. He is part of the Braddock Academy group (consisting of Apex, Anachronism, Bloodstone and Nara) which is joined by Death Locket despite death threats from Kid Briton and Nara. Death Locket started bonding with Apex as she introduces her to the rest of the Braddock Academy. There is discord in the Braddock Academy's ranks as Anachronism and Kid Briton get into an argument. An earthquake then separates Bloodstone and Anachronism from Apex, Nara, Kid Briton, and Death Locket. Death Locket goes dormant as her cybernetics take over and she blasts Nara off a cliff and into the ocean. Kid Briton is enraged by this and tries to kill her until Apex orders him not to, revealing that she knew about his affair with Nara back at the Braddock Academy and that "we're here now and I'm done sharing."  Nara, Anachronism, and Bloodstone manage to survive falling into the chasm and come to the conclusion that Apex is manipulating Death Locket and Kid Briton to her own ends. The trio is then teleported by Arcade to the supply cache at Quadrant 2 just as Apex, Death Locket, and Kid Briton arrive. Nara and Apex start arguing and Apex confirms that she was the one who ordered Death Locket to attack Nara. Kid Briton tries to intervene as Nara continues calling him a "weak puppet." An irate Kid Briton attempts to kill Nara for insulting him only to be beheaded by Anachronism. When Death Locket stumbles into an underground facility, Kid Briton's body is among the dead bodies that are seen in one of the rooms.
Kid Briton seemingly the powers of his otherdimensional counterparts in the Captain Britain Corps. Kid Briton's powers are based on his own confidence. The more he believes in himself and what he is doing, the stronger he is, and the less susceptible to damage he becomes.
Kidogo (Lazaro Kotikash) is a fictional mutant in the Marvel Comics universe. He was created by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, and first appeared in New X-Men: Academy X #12 (2005).
Lazaro Kotikash is Maasai, and his codename roughly translates to "something small" in Swahili. He is a student at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, and is a member of Northstar's Alpha Squadron training squad.
Kidogo's fellow students vote that he has the "most ironic power" because, although in his normal state he is almost a head taller than anyone else on his squad, his power is shrinking to a height of only four inches.
Before he was depowered, Lazaro was a micromorph, able to shrink down to only four inches tall by displacing his mass extra-dimensionally.
Aldrich Killian is a scientist in the Marvel Universe.
Within the context of the stories, Killian is a scientist who developed the Extremis virus alongside Maya Hansen. He steals and sells a sample of the virus to domestic terrorists. But unable to cope with the guilt (and his overall negative opinion of himself), he confesses in a note and shoots himself. However, Iron Man later discovered that Maya helped Killian in selling Extremis to the domestic terrorists.
Aldrich Killian in other media
Aldrich Killian's character amalgamated with Mallen and Mandarin is the main antagonist in Iron Man 3, portrayed by Guy Pearce. Unconfident and physically-impaired, Aldrich tried to convince Tony Stark about his ideas in 1999. After Stark told him to meet him on the roof but stood him up, Aldrich contemplated suicide but instead decided to split off and work on the project without any outside assistance. In the present day, Killian became a successful scientist and business man that founded AIM. After nearly perfected Extremis with Maya Hansen, his physical aliments were completely cured by the incomplete drug as well as gaining super-strength, stamina, durability, regeneration, a certain measure of pyrokinesis that manifests itself in flame-breath, and the ability to superheat any part of his body. In order to further the testing on the drug, Killian hired Trevor Slattery to pretend to be the Mandarin and used the diabolical mastermind's supposed "terrorist acts" to cover up his own Extremis failures. He then recruited war veterans to volunteer and become Extremis soldiers (including Eric Savin and Ellen Brandt). During the film's present timeline, Killian captures Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, converting the latter into an Extremis soldier in an attempt to coerce the former into helping him improve upon the formula after killing Maya. He then attempted to kill the President on live TV in order to use the Vice-President as a puppet leader (promising to help his daughter via Extremis). But Stark uses an army of Iron Man suits controlled by J.A.R.V.I.S. to destroy Killian's Extremis-enhanced soldiers while James Rhodes rescues the President. After a failed attempt to rescue Pepper, Stark and Killian fight with the former using various Iron Man suits against the latter's Extremis abilities. Eventually, Stark encased Killian in the Iron Man XLII suit and activated the self-destruct mechanism, nearly killing him. However, Killian emerged from the fire, heavily damaged, proclaiming himself as the real "Mandarin" and attempted to finish Tony. However, Pepper uses her Extremis abilities and the Iron Man Mark IX's repulsor to finally kill Killian.
In the Iron Man 3 video game, Aldrich Killian's subconscious is downloaded by AIM to become M.O.D.O.K. after his death in the film. After Iron Man defeated him in combat, he attempted to survive by uploading his consciousness into the network of Stark Industries but Iron Man willingly sacrifices the network (and Stark Industries itself), destroying Killian for good.
Kilmer is a member of the race of supermutants known as Neo. He was a part of the team of Neo that attacked Nightcrawler and Cecilia Reyes in the opening salvo of the Neo's war against humans and mutants,[volume & issue needed] sparked when the High Evolutionary removed all mutants' powers, causing untold devastation to the hidden Neo community.[volume & issue needed]
Kilmer has peak human strength, speed, endurance, and reflexes. His other powers were never revealed.
The character, created by Ian Edington and Gene Ha, first appeared in X-Men Annual#2 in 1994.
Within the context of the stories, Benedict Kine, alongside Reeva Payge and Benazir Kaur, joined the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club following Shinobi Shaw's coup against his father, Sebastian Shaw. Kine was present when Shinobi attempted to force X-Men member Storm into joining him. Kine fought against the X-Men when they tried to rescue Storm but was defeated alongside his fellow Lords Cardinal.[volume & issue needed]
Kine attempted to remove Shinobi Shaw from power and take over the New York branch of the Club by invoking a Rite of Challenging. Kine used the robotic White Knights to hunt down J. Jonah Jameson, hoping that his death would cause the Daily Bugle to cease investigating Hellfire Club. As part of the Rite, Shaw used the Ebon Knights, also robots, to prevent Kine's attempted murder. Jameson was saved thanks to the intervention of Spider-Man and then the X-Men, who were called by Tessa. Following the neutralization of Kine's White Knights, Kine tried to attack Shaw, but was stopped by Spider-Man.[volume & issue needed]
Not much is known about Johny Kitano, except that he was part of the United States Department of Homeland Security and was at some point appointed as Special Magistrate for Homo Superior crimes against humanity. He also had a great hatred for mutant terrorists such as Mystique and Magneto
When Mystique was captured by Homeland Security, she was labeled an enemy combatant, thus her legal rights were unrecognized by her captors. Due to her status as a wanted terrorist, Kitano was given authority regarding the execution of Mystique. However, he was stopped by Charles Xavier, who had his own plans for Mystique and rescued her by posing as Magneto.
Following Mystique's escape, Kitano led Homeland Security forces in order to hunt down Mystique, though he failed due to the intervention of Shepard.
Kitano had the power of generating high-levels of bioelectricity and channelling it as high-voltage electric shocks or casting bolts of lightning.
Kkallakku is a fictional character appearing in the Marvel Universe. He was created by Roy Thomas, Jean-Marc Lofficier, and Larry Alexander, and first appeared in Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #31 (July, 1991).
Kkallakku is a demon, one of the Fear Lords, who has clashed with Doctor Strange. He was summoned to the Halls of Fear to join the other Fear Lords in a plot to gain control of Earth.[volume & issue needed] Kkallakku summoned a legion of Fear-Eaters that assaulted Manhattan. When Doctor Strange withdrew the collective fear of the victims and drew it into himself, the Fear-Eaters ignored Kkallakku's commands and followed Doctor Strange who trapped them in another dimension.[volume & issue needed]
The Fear Lords later met to discuss the Serpent's attacks on Earth.[volume & issue needed] Loki tricked them into a meeting to tell them about Nightmare's scheme to harvest the fear brought by the Serpent to become the new King of Fear, leading to a battle that resulted in a stalemate.
Amiko found herself orphaned when she and her mother were caught in a battle between the X-Men and a dragon. Discovering the dying woman and her young daughter, Wolverine promised that the girl would be raised as though she were his own child.
Feeling that he could not promise Amiko a safe life if he raised her himself, Wolverine has entrusted her upbringing to several others, circumstances meaning he has had to change her living arrangements multiple times. Wolverine left Amiko in the care of his fiance Mariko Yashida until her death,  then entrusted her to an adoption agency until he found that her new foster parents were abusive, at which point he took her from their care and entrusted her to an old friend, Yukio. Wolverine brokered a deal with the Silver Samurai to protect Amiko and Yukio, and to settle any legal problems regarding the adoption.
Despite the Samurai's protection, Amiko has become a target for Wolverine's enemies on several occasions; she was even attacked and it seemed killed by Sabretooth once, though she was soon revived. Though Amiko loves Wolverine, she sometimes resents how infrequently he spends time with her.
In the limited series Wolverine: Soultaker, Amiko discovered that her mother belonged to a family of warriors called the Shosei and now spends time with them trying to improve her martial arts skills, and hoping to make her adoptive father Logan proud of her.
With Wolverine's adoption of his clone X-23/Laura Kinney, this now makes the two girls related by adoption.
Other versions of Amiko Kobayashi
- Eric Koenig
- Kolomaq the Beast of the Snows
- Korath the Pursuer
- Kosmos (see also Beyonder and Molecule Man)
Kraa the Unhuman is a former tribesman in Wabuzi, Africa who is mutated by an explosion caused by Soviet soldiers. Kraa is mistaken for and named after the seeker of vengeance and seeks vengeance against the Russians that caused his condition as he is in constant pain from his radiation burns. Kraa’s pain from the burns is soothed by an ointment from a teacher and Kraa apparently falls to his death from a cliff while saving the teacher from a python. In turn, the teacher is subsequently worshipped as a god for apparently destroying Kraa.
In Warlock & the Infinity Watch #7, a duplicate of Kraa is created and made much larger than the original. This duplicate is seen amongst the mutates of Monster Isle.
Other versions of Kraa
There have been a few other characters known as Kraa. These include:
- A Luphomoid is known as Kraa. He is the brother of Zorr and uncle of Nebula. He swore revenge on Xandar for the death of his brother and has killed a number of the Nova Corps before be was stopped by Richard Rider as Nova. He appeared in Nova #1 and 14 and Nova vol. 2 #1, 15-16. Kraa also had access to advance technologies which included his death-ship, which levelled an entire planet in Nova vol. 2 #15 before it was destroyed by Rider, and Slave-Borgs, which were lobotomized and cybernetically controlled slave that served as the crew of Kraa’s death-ship. They were first seen and destroyed in Nova vol. 2 #15.
- In Tales of Suspense #18, the seeker of vengeance of who Kraa the Unhuman is named after was foretold in the beliefs of the Wabuzi people.
Krakkan first appeared in Iron Man (vol. 3) #22 during the meeting to decide the terms of the Wager, appearing there as a grey armored figure; this armor possessed a number of long and very sharp blades. It crafted the Kestrel Key of Krakkan.[volume & issue needed] Bridget Malone finds this key and becomes the Exemplar called Conquest, the "living embodiment of battle."
Krakkan appears as a villain in the video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.
Krakoa is a living island, an intelligent ecosystem able to command all the living things native to its island body, and even its terrain. It was originally a very small island in the Pacific Ocean that was located close to where some nuclear bombing tests were done. The radiation somehow turned the island's ecosystem into a hive-mind entity. Krakoa was apparently found and captured for study by the cosmic entity known as The Stranger, as seen when Quasar visited one of his 'laboratory worlds'. Krakoa was eventually freed as well as many of the specimens.
- Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff)
- Kraven the Hunter (Alyosha Kravinoff)
- Kraven the Hunter (Ana Kravinoff)
- Kris Keating (also an alias of the Foreigner)
Within the context of the stories, Doctor Strange finds Krugarr on Lem in the 22nd century. Strange, having replaced the Ancient One, offers to take him on as an apprentice. He agrees, succeeding Strange as the Sorcerer Supreme.
Later Kurgarr encounters the Guardians of the Galaxy and becomes involved with some of their adventures. This includes temporarily taking Talon on as an apprentice[volume & issue needed] and healing Major Victory from a head would that establishes a long lasting psychic link between the two.[volume & issue needed]
His last interaction with the team involves the world controlled by the entity Mainframe. When contacted by Martinex he regretfully declines to directly help due to a crisis growing in the Dark Dimensions. He does telepathically send Hollywood who joins with several other powerful superheros to save the survivors of Mainframe's world. This spurs the creation of the Galactic Guardians.[volume & issue needed]
Within the context of the stories, Heinz Kruger is a Gestapo agent working for the Nazi party during World War II tasked with investigating Abraham Erskine and the American supersoldier experiment. He is able to infiltrate the project and pass the formula to his superiors. He attends the experiment on Steve Rogers, crashing through the viewing window and assassinating Erskine after the Super Soldier Serum is administered. He struggles with Rogers before accidentally grasping an electrical wire and being electrocuted.
Heinz Kruger in other media
The character of Heinz Kruger was adapted for the film Captain America: The First Avenger, where he is portrayed by actor Richard Armitage. In the film, he is a member of Hydra working for the Red Skull. He is pursued and captured by Rogers after killing Erskine, but commits suicide by cyanide capsule.
Within the context of the stories, Kruun is the despotic ruler of the alien planet known as the Breakworld. After the Breakworld psychics, known as the "Augurs", predicted the destruction of their planet at the hands of an unknown mutant from Earth, Kruun dispatched his subordinate, Ord, to eliminate the threat. Following Ord's failure and the discovery that the mutant destined to destroy Breakworld was the X-Man Colossus, Kruun dispatched an armada of Bruteships to Earth to finish the job. Agent Brand of S.W.O.R.D. subsequently abducted Colossus and the other X-Men, teleporting them onto a spaceship bound for the Breakworld, in an attempt to lure the armada away from Earth. Kruun took the bait and ordered the Bruteships to pursue the S.W.O.R.D. vessel.
As his plan unfolds, and the "Retaliator", a giant missile-like bullet meant to destroy Earth, is hurled against the planet with Kitty Pryde trapped inside. Colossus, understanding the meaning of the prophecies, disarms him with the help of Wolverine... literally. Colossus then asks Kruun again how to stop the Retaliator, as now, wounded, crippled and beaten, Kruun will be unable to rule his planet. Kruun is still unable to help, as the Retaliator has no safeguard to be used, but he's deposed, and in a fashion in line with his tyrannical rule on Breakworld, is destroyed by Colossus, paving the way for a reformation.
Kryllk the Cruel
Kubik is a Cosmic Cube who first appears in Tales of Suspense #79 (Jul. 1966), and as Kubik in Avengers #289 (Mar. 1988). The concept was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and refined by Ralph Macchio. Kubik (once evolved into humanoid form and now a student of the entity the Shaper of Worlds) returns to Earth when attracted by an anomaly possessing a fraction of its power - revealed to be the robot the Super Adaptoid. The Adaptoid uses its abilities to "copy" Kubik's abilities and banishes the character, intent on creating a race in its own image. The Adaptoid, however, is tricked into shutting down by Captain America. Kubik returns and then removes the sliver of the original Cosmic Cube from the Adaptoid that gave the robot its abilities. Like all Cosmic Cubes, Kubik possesses the ability to manipulate extra-dimensional energy to alter reality to achieve virtually any effect. Upon reaching maturity, a cube takes on humanoid form with its behavior modeled after the individuals who have possessed it. Kubik's chest also displays a holographic representation of a Cosmic Cube.
The character, created by Gary Friedrich and Herb Trimpe, first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #13 (January 1974) and was identified as "Satan" in appearances until The Witches #3 (September 2004). He is also presented as the father of the characters Daimon Hellstrom and Satana.
Within the context of the stories, Marduk Kurios is a high level demon and ruler of one realm of hell who has from time to time presented himself as "Satan" or "Lucifer".
In pre-history Marduk Kurios is noted for repelling an invasion of the N'Garai.[volume & issue needed] In later times, he became worshiped by the ancient Sumerians after his legions took part in a battle on Earth. This worship intrigues him and he keeps track of the mortal realm for centuries, finally focusing on a family of satanists name "Hellstrom".[volume & issue needed] Taking human form, he becomes part of this family, weds Victoria Wingate, and sires first his son Damion and then his daughter Satana.
Over time, Marduk Kurios sees that his son does not care for his demonic heritage and focuses on his more accepting daughter. While performing a ritual with Satana, Victoria stumbles upon them and is driven insane by his true nature. As a result, he commits his wife to an asylum where she spends the rest of her life and keeps a diary intended for her son when he is "old enough".[volume & issue needed]
Marduk Kurios finally takes Satana to his realm in hell, leaving Daimon in the care of servants on earth. He continues to interact with his offspring, offering Daimon his birth right,[volume & issue needed] testing Satana's loyalty.[volume & issue needed], and encountering the Defenders during Daimon's time with the team.
Eventually, Daimon learns his father's true name and deposes him. Marduk Kurios, much reduced in power, tricks Andrew Kale into opening the Tome of Zhered-Na and releasing Hellphyr. He does this in order to hopes of reducing the number of magic users in the world and better his standing in the realm of magic. His plan is undone when Satana spurns his offer to join him and helps kill the Hellphyr.[volume & issue needed]
- Warren Ellis (w), Adi Granov (p), Adi Granov (i). "Extremis (Part II of VI)" Iron Man v4, 2 (February 2005), Marvel Comics
- Charles Knauf (w), Roberto De La Torre (p), Jon Sibal (i). "The Initiative: Part 4" Iron Man v4, 18 (July 2007), Marvel Comics
- New Avengers #18
- Avengers Arena #1
- Avengers Arena #2
- Avengers Arena #5
- Avengers Arena #6
- Avengers Arena #12
- New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook Special (2005)
- Warren Ellis (w), Adi Granov (p), Adi Granov (i). "Extremis (Part I of VI)" Iron Man v4, 1 (January 2005), Marvel Comics
- Warren Ellis (w), Adi Granov (p), Adi Granov (i). "Extremis (Part VI of VI)" Iron Man v4, 6 (April 2006), Marvel Comics
- Breznican, Anthony (May 4, 2013). "'Iron Man 3' does WHAT to The Mandarin? -- SPOILER ANALYSIS". Entertainment Weekly.
- Journey into Mystery #636
- Uncanny X-Men #181
- Wolverine Vol. 2 #80
- Wolverine Vol. 2 #81
- Wolverine Vol. 2 #82
- Wolverine Vol. 4 #2
- Wolverine Vol. 4 #3
- Wolverine: Soultaker #5
- Wolverine: Days of Future Past
- Iron Man (vol. 3) #22
- Thor (vol. 2) #17
- Quasar #14
- Quasar #15
- Joe Simon, Jack Kirby (w), Jack Kirby (p). "Case No. 1. Meet Captain America" Captain America Comics 1 (March 1941), Timely Comics
- Captain America Annual #7 (1983)
- Avengers #289 - 290 (Mar. - Apr. 1988)
- J. M. DeMatteis (w), Don Perlin (p). "Hell on Earth" The Defenders 100 (October 1981), Marvel Comics
- Brandon Montclare (w), Michael William Kaluta (p). Chaos War: Chaos King 1 (January 2011), Marvel Comics
- Journey Into Mystery #627