Protector (Marvel Comics)

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This article is about the character from Fantastic Four. For other comics characters with the same name, see Protector (comics).
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Fantastic Four #205 (Apr 1979)
Created by Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard, and Joe Sinnott
In-story information
Alter ego Thoral Rul
Species Xandarian
Team affiliations Champions of Xandar
Abilities various psionic powers

Protector is a fictional superhero in the Marvel Universe.

Publication history[edit]

Protector first appeared in Fantastic Four #205–206 (April–May 1979), and was created by Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard, and Joe Sinnott.

The character subsequently appears in Fantastic Four #208 (July 1979), and ROM #24 (November 1981).

Protector appeared as part of the "Champions of Xandar" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #16.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Thoral Rul was the Prime Thoran of Xandar, whose duty was to protect the Xandarian's Living Computers (aka Worldmind). To defend them against the Skrulls, he effected a mind-meld with the Worldmind, the living disembodied brains preserved within the Xandarian computer network. He thus gained the collective knowledge of those brains and psionic abilities, and became known as the Protector, the Keeper of the computers, and one of the Champions of Xandar.[1] He helped the team battle the Skrull invasion after Diamondhead betrayed Xandar to the Skrulls.[2]

Protector was killed when Nebula's forces wiped out Xandar's population.[3]

He is seen years later as a disembodied intelligence who thanks Nova after he reboots the Xandarian Worldmind computer.[volume & issue needed]


  1. ^ Fantastic Four #208
  2. ^ ROM #24
  3. ^ as revealed in Avengers #260 (1985)