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Origins: The First Host

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About one million years ago,[2] the "evolutionary borderline between apes and humans" emerged:[6] Homo erectus.[5]

The Celestials, intrigued by the versatility of human genes, sent their First Host to Earth to perform genetic experiments on this species.[7][8]

Proto-humans being collected by the Celestials.

When the First Host got to the planet Earth, the Celestial Gammenon the Gatherer collected a few specimens, which Ziran the Tester mutated to create one hundred grotesque Deviants (Homo descendus). After Ziran was done with its brood, Nezarr the Calculator performed his own tests and created 100 superior Eternals (Homo immortalis). Finally, Oneg the Prober created a latent gene for the expansion of human potential.[4][5][9]

After these creations were released back on Earth, the Eternals secluded themselves, while the Deviants established an empire on the continent of Lemuria.[8]

World Rulers and Second Host

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As millennia passed, the Deviants "bred like rabbits" and achieved great numbers.[10] They created unimaginable scientific wonders and conquered almost the whole world, enslaving captured humans. Then came the final showdown against the last safe haven of humanity: the empire of Atlantis. The Deviants launched a massive attack on their human rivals, but one Atlantean city-state, Netheria, had created an impervious dome that protected them from all the attacks.[11]

Meanwhile, the Eternals also fought against them, but, when they realized their numbers couldn't compare to the millions of Deviants, they had no alternative but to call the Celestials.[10]

The Great Cataclysm

When the Second Host of Celestials arrived on Earth, they were attacked by the Deviants. Seeing a world fallen into chaos, the Celestials soon delivered their judgment and wiped out most of the Deviants. In the process, they caused both Lemuria and Atlantis to sink all the way to the bottom of the ocean floor, but Netheria, shielded by its dome, survived.[11]

The Celestial known as Tiamut disagreed with the actions taken by the other Celestials against the Deviants and came into conflict with fellow Celestial Arishem.[12] The conflict ended with the defeat and burial of Tiamut under what would later become northern California, near San Francisco, but the Deviants would forever worship him as the Dreaming Celestial.[13]

Living Underground

The surviving Deviants retreated underground, to Subterranea, and experimented on their remaining human slaves in the hopes of creating a new race to act as their servants and work force. Their first attempt created the Gortokians, beings stronger than humans and capable of seeing in the dark, but they revolted and fled into the underground caverns. Their second attempt created the Moloids, designed to be more inhuman, docile and weaker, thus less likely to rebel. Confident in the loyalty of their new creation, they sent them to attack the Gortokians, but they were massacred, ultimately leading to the Deviants' retreat and the abandonment of both their creations.[11]

The Deviants then retrofitted some of Lemuria's remain into a new kingdom for themselves,[14] eventually reaching incredible numbers once more.[15]

Third Host / Truce with the Eternals

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The Third Host of the Celestials visited circa 1000 A.D. The Deviants and the Eternals called a truce between themselves and pledged to stop interfering with humans until the Fourth Host would arrive.[16][17]

Common Era

In the mid-20th century, a group of idealistic Deviants, Eternals, and humans put aside their differences and created the Damocles Foundation. The invention of the atomic bomb convinced them that all three species needed to find a way to coexist, which would only happen when they recombined into a single species. The Foundation believed that that single species would be mutants, and they intended to control the future by creating and controlling those mutants. Their leader was Odysseus Indigo; their members included a group called Sword (made up of Argos the Hunter, Pyre, Stranglehold, and Zona), Marcelus, and Veeg.

When the Fourth Host arrived to judge Earth, the truce with the Eternals was over, so the Deviants attacked New York City to trick the humans into attacking the Celestials.[18] As usual, though, they spent as much, if not more, effort on disputes with each other. They did manage to invade Olympia, the home of the Eternals. Led by the high priest, Brother Tode, the Deviants posed such a threat that the Eternals formed their Uni-Mind, trapped the invaders in a stone block, and took it into space.[citation needed]

Kro's faction of Deviants on the hunt for the Matrix Stone.

But even after multiple truces were formed there were still Deviant factions who were set on war against the Eternals. A specific faction lead by Kro was hunting for the Matrix Stone that was created by the Celestials to control power.[19]

Alternate realities

Please find here the histories of alternate realities' Deviants.



There is a Deviant equivalent of the mutant X-Factor chromosome.[20]

The Eternal Thanos is a mutant within his kind, possessing a mutation,[21] the Deviant gene[citation needed] and being consequently affected by the "Deviant Syndrome".[22]

Deviant Mutates

Main article: Deviant Mutates

Alternate Universe Deviants

Earth X (Earth-9997)

Deviants of Earth X

The past history of the Deviants on Earth-9997 mostly mirrors that of their Earth-616 counterparts. However, it's been revealed that, at least on Earth-9997 the Celestials intentions for the Eternals was not exactly the beneficent intent they had thought. The Celestials method of reproduction is to impregnate the planet with a portion of their energy (or embryo) and imbed Vibranium in the planet's core. Eventually after centuries of gestation the a new Celestial would be born, destroying the planet. In order to protect the Celestial growing within the planet, they would manipulate the DNA of the dominant species to act as unknowing antibodies. On Earth, it would be prehistoric man that would be manipulated in such a fashion. Their first attempt yielded the Deviants, unstable creatures who were born in new and more horrifying forms within each generation, they were naturally evil. Some of the early Deviants were jump-started to the third tier of mutation, in which their identities, abilities and personality were defined by those around them. It has been identified by Kyle Richmond that these Deviants mutated into the various demons and devils that have plagued humanity, at the very least Mephisto is one of these early Deviants. In order to counteract the Deviants violent nature, the Celestials created the Eternals, but by and large, the Eternals were disinterested in protecting humanity.[citation needed]

The Deviants would eventually conquer the Earth and enslave the baseline human race. It has also been stated that the demons that Prince Wayfinder found (having traveled back in time to prehistoric Earth and before finding refuge in the Microverse) were early Deviants. Their enslavement of the human race did not go unnoticed, and so the Second Host of the Celestials came to Earth and wiped out their empire, which sent the Deviants underground where they never fully recovered.[citation needed]

In the modern age, the Deviants have interacted with humanity in much the same was as their Earth-616 counterparts. In recent history, the Deviants have played it low key on Earth during the various global, economic, and food crisis. With the exception of Ransak the Reject, who was trying to find a way to reverse his "hideous" form, and Mephisto manipulating others to create another divergent reality to escape into, most of the Deviants remained uninvolved in the current events on Earth. It was not until they were all summoned by Mephisto himself to attack Buckingham Palace and take the sword Excalibur, the only device on Earth that could still kill people following the death of Death. The Deviants and Mephisto almost succeeded if not for the intervention of King Britain, Meggan, Medusa, X-51, Black Bolt, and Ransak the Reject. During the battle, Meggan died trying to keep the sword out of Mephisto's grasps. The heroes succeeded and managed to kill Mephisto. Following the defeat of their leader, the Deviants retreated. Their current whereabouts are presently unknown.[citation needed]









Type of Government

Alternates between feudal monarchy and theocracy

Level of Technology


Cultural Traits



Gelt, Kro, Morjak, Brother Tode, Ahqlau, Broop, Ignatz, Karygmax, Ragar, Shelmar, Sledge, Sluice, Spike, Taras Vol, Tutinax the Mountain-Mover, Brother Visara, Queen Vira, The Mountain


As a pre-human race having conquered and ruled Earth before the rise of humanity, the Deviants are considered to be among the Elder Races.[23]

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