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Karnak is a part of the Royal Family of the Inhumans, cousin to Black Bolt. His brother Triton was exposed to the Terrigen Mists as an infant, but his result was him having green scales. Because of this, Karnak's parents begged him not to go on with the procedure. He didn't go ahead with it, instead learning martial arts.

Karnak is the second son of an Inhuman priest and philosopher named Mander and an ocean biologist named Azur. They sent their first son, Triton, into the Terrigen Mists when he was an infant, rendering him unable to function outside an aquatic environment. Thus, they refused to raise Karnak with Terrigen Mists. Karnak was put into his father's religious seminary in the Tower of Wisdom, where he was taught in various physical and mental disciplines until he was eighteen years old. His mother died in a mysterious undersea mishap. His farther is still a teacher at the seminary.


Karnak was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in Fantastic Four Vol.1 issue 45 (1965).

Major Story Arcs

Part of the Royal Family

When the Kree refugees came to Attilan for refuge, they actually came to kill Karnak and the rest of the Inhuman Royal Family. Karnak was seen along with Gorgon, Black Bolt, Ahura and Medusa in a garden since the Inhuman Royal Family renounced their claim of power. Before they can shoot Black Bolt senses them and sends a bolt of energy towards their way. Karnak along with Gorgon and Black Bolt goes to attack the Kree assassins. Karnak is then shot. He awakes and teleports with the others outside of Attilan and is held at gun point by Kree soldiers. He attacks them until their boss comes and tells them the situation. He then goes to the Genetics council to hear the decision. Karnak is teleported to the mists to attack the Kree. He helps Medusa attack an energy based Kree, but is taken out easily.

Meeting the Fantastic Four

Karnak was with the Inhuman royal family when Crystal brought the Human Torch to their hidden headquarters, from where they searched for their queen, Medusa. When he met the youth he introduced himself by throwing him over his shoulder in a display of Inhuman skill. When Johnny awoke, Gorgon had returned with Medusa, and it was revealed that the Torch was not an Inhuman as Crystal had thought. After Gorgon and Triton fought with him, Johnny burned his way out of the hideout to alert the other members of the Fantastic Four.

Along with the rest of the Inhumans, led by Black Bolt, Karnak fought with the Fantastic Four-initiating the first attack by chopping off a piece of wall and throwing it at the Thing-until Crystal appeared and announced that Triton had been taken by the Seeker. Karnak and his fellow Inhumans soon surrounded Lockjaw, who teleported them back to Attilan: where Black Bolt faced off against his traitorous brother, Maximus. Black Bolt quickly took his crown back by force and reclaimed leadership of the Inhumans.

But the Fantastic Four appeared moments later, having followed the Seeker back to the refuge. While Johnny Storm and Crystal ran to each other, and Black Bolt and Mister Fantastic argued, Maximus fired his atom-gun, intending to destroy all of humanity. Though when his weapon didn’t work, Medusa deduced that it proved Inhumans and humans were of the same race, which infuriated Maximus. He went out of control and reversed his machine, creating a Negative Zone around Attilan that trapped Karnak and the rest of the Inhumans in, while the Fantastic Four narrowly escaped. While they remained trapped, Karnak became obsessed with breaking the barrier using his skills, but he only succeeded in injuring his hand. Eventually, Black Bolt revealed his secret: that the use of his voice was lethally destructive, and he soon used its power to destroy the barrier that imprisoned them. The Inhumans' Council of Elders soon decreed that the royal family would disperse and go into human society to learn more of it, while the rest of the Inhumans rebuilt Attilan. Black Bolt agreed, and led them out.

Karnak is looking out the window with Gorgon behind him drinking. Gorgon ask what is wrong, and Karnak says he's worried about Black Bolt. Karnak explains to Gorgon how his power works. How he can see the flaw in everything, psychological, physical. But Black Bolt doesn't have a flaw, not one. He then says everything will have a crack in it and he is afraid, that whatever Black Bolt's crack is, it will put the whole city in danger. the time the Kree came to attack the Inhumans, Karnak destroys plenty of the robotic men. Karnak soon learns they have weapons that counteract their abilities and see his abilities turned against him. He is sent to the Shiar ship in an escape pod. When the Shiar open the pod they think as him of one of their own. Karnak is in a war with Triton, trying to colonize a moon. They win and is told that he will become part of the Imperial Guard. Karnak is found out and attacks the rest of the Imperial Guards.

Personal Statistic


  • Height: 5"7'
  • Weight: 159 lbs
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Hair Color: Black, often shaved bald


  • Identity: Secret
  • Place of Birth: Island of Attilan, Atlantic Ocean
  • Citizenship: Attilan
  • Education: Graduate of religious seminary, Tower of Wisdom, Royal tutors of Attilan
  • Occupation: Priest, philosopher, monarch's aide, former spy, soldier
  • Known Relatives:Mander (father), Azur (mother, deceased), Triton (brother), Blackagar Boltagon (Black Bolt), Maximus (surname Boltagon), Crystalia Amaquelin (Crystal), Medusalith Boltagon (Medusa) (cousins), Avoe, Aladi Ko Eke, Ronan, Oola Udonta, Onomi Whitemane (cousins in-law), Ahura Boltblackagar, Luna (cousins once removed), Magnar (paternal grandfather, presumed deceased), Zeta (paternal grandmother, presumed deceased), Kobar (Maternal grandfather, presumed deceased), La (Maternal grandmother, presumed deceased), Rynda (Paternal aunt, deceased), Agon (paternal uncle, deceased), Quelin (Maternal uncle) Ambur (maternal aunt), Alecto, Gauntlet, Gorgon, Tusk, Unspoken (distant cousins), Symak, Tanith (distant cousins, presumed deceased), Barrage, Foxbat, Hardrive, Korath, Milena, Psynapse (distant cousins deceased), Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver, ex-cousin-in-law/marriage annulled)


Karnak has the extrasensory ability to sense a weak point in any object or person around him. By applying pressure or hitting the weak points, he can down enemies stronger than him, or break seemingly invincible objects. Because of his discipline with martial arts, this sense is effortless and can use it for periods of time.

Karnak is also a master martial artist who has developed callouses on his hands, allowing him to shatter wood and exchange blows with superhuman opponents who greatly outclass him in durability and strength.

Unlike most Inhumans, he does not have superhuman powers as a result of exposure to the mutagenic Terrigen Mist, as he was never exposed to the Mist. Instead, Karnak has the extrasensory ability (achieved through meditation and intensive training) to perceive stress points, fracture planes, or weaknesses in objects or persons. He has complete voluntary control of most of his autonomic bodily functions. All striking surfaces of his body are extremely toughened. He is capable of shattering substances up to and including mild steel and rendering superhuman opponents unconscious by striking them.

Alternate Versions

Age of Apocalypse

Karnak and the Inhuman royal family were all killed by Maximus (Death - Horseman of Apocalypse), and were later cloned to serve as his personal bodyguards using the Terrigen Mists to mutate them.

During the invasion of Magneto´s x-men on Apocalypse´s Ship in the blue area of the moon, the Inhumans confronted them. Karnak was able to immobilize Sabretooth by attacking the pressure points of his body. It is unknown what happened to him after the match but supposedly he could die when Sunfire destroyed Apocalypse´s Ship.

Other Media

Fantastic Four The Animated Series

Karnak appeared alongside the other Inhumans in the Fantastac Four animated series during the Inhumans Saga.


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