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Karl (also Carl) is a variant of the given name Charles. For origin and meaning, see Churl and Charles.

Karl may refer to:



Karl as first name[edit]

Karl as surname[edit]

In myth[edit]

  • Karl (mythology), in Norse mythology, a son of Rig and considered the progenitor of peasants (churl)
  • Karl, giant in Icelandic myth, associated with Drangey island

In fiction[edit]

  • Karl C. Agathon, fictional character on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series
  • Karl Stromberg, main antagonist in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Karl Walken, fictional Black Cat mayor


  • ST Karl, Swedish tugboat requisitioned during the Second World War as ST Empire Henchman

Other uses[edit]

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