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The Great Old Ones are ancient eldritch beings predating Earth and even, for some of them, the universe itself. Many Old Ones dwelt on Earth in the distant past.[46] They are also known as the "Old Ones",[1][2][3][4] "Many-Angled Ones",[4] "Elder gods",[15][2] "Elder Ones", "Outsiders",[16] "Nameless Ones",[33][34][35] "Dark Ones".[16] or "dark gods".[15]

The Outer Gods, Azotharoth and Yog-Sothoth, have been mistaken often enough with the Great Old Ones, at the point they considered the same, as was the single known Other God, Nyarlathotep.[46] To add to the confusion, other groups have also been known as "Elder Ones", "Dark Gods" or "Elder Gods", and even "Old Ones".

They were led by a certain number of Old Ones, including Shuma-Gorath,[47] True Faery King Oberoth'm'gozz,[22] and Yog-Sothoth, as Sehdoula,[16] while both Shuma-Gorath[48] and Chthon were considered the greatest of the Old Ones.[6] The hierarchy among the Old Ones, if any, is currently unknown.

Though most encounters have occurred against surface-dwellers of Earth, the Great Old Ones have their history tied to the water-breathing Atlanteans, who opposed them and their spawn, including the Aqueos, their worshipers such as Suma-Ket's Unforgiven Dead, or those they corrupted such as the Black Tide.

Many ancient books mentions them and specifically (sometimes strictly) Shuma-Gorath, including Nameless Cults, the Thanatosian Tomes,[49] and the Black Sea Scrolls.[50]

In Earth-616, modern author Lovecraft wrote on the subject of the Old Ones, about the True Faeries,[22] (the relationship between the True Faeries and the Great Old Ones remains unrevealed) while his Earth-1610 counterpart wrote at least on the subject of Zvilpogghua and the Great Old Ones.[20]



Despite being sometimes described as a race[15][44] and to have common elements in origin, there is no evidence that the Old Ones are one and the same race.[2]

The origins of the Old Ones are unclear, and various:

  • They have been described as "extradimensional demonic"[44] beings.
    • The Many-Angled Ones were described as "celestial demons"[51] and primordial cosmic entities[52] that inhabited the spaces between universes. They were reported as the memory-echoes of the nightmares that plagued the first Daemons, but there were ancient, pestilential ghoul-worlds in dying realities still devoted to their worship. They were documented as the first beings ever to grow old.[23]
    • Alternatively, the Great Old Ones have been told to be "near-gods" originated from the Outer Dark, "beyond Reality itself".[53] Those hideous ancient things of evil were also stated to be either "otherworldly",[41] from unknown origin (wild guesses including outer space, another dimension, and Hell),[40] though they were also described as "beings from the stars",[42][41] and as "horrific alien beings"[43]
  • The Old Ones were described as "primordial beasts" made of antimatter, and to be the embodiment of nothingness, absence of meaning, and thus evil beings.[38]
  • Asteroth claimed to had been born from the Chaos of creation, and to be "the blood and tears of the Universe".[54] It is known that she belonged to a race of cosmic beings.[55]
  • The True Faeries were stated to be the Old Ones Lovecraft wrote about.[22]
  • Despite the general "extradimensional" origin, some Old Ones are known or hypothesized to be originated from Earth:
    • The Elder God of Earth Chthon was considered to be the greatest of the Old Ones.[6]
    • It was theorized that the aquatic monster Dagon was an Old One, and that he was Ea, an Annunaki (and the brother of the god Dagon, who possibly usurped the monster Dagon's name and worshipers).[56]

A few groups of beings named Old Ones have been identified seemingly as seemingly consistent species:

They were led by a certain number of Old Ones, including Shuma-Gorath,[47] True Faery King Oberoth'm'gozz,[22] and Yog-Sothoth, as Sehdoula,[16] while Chthon was considered the greatest of the Old Ones.[6] The hierarchy among the Great Old Ones is currently unknown.

The Ancients, a similar group,[2] may (or may not)[15] be contemporary with, or a sub-set of the Old Ones.[2]

Prehistory and distant past[]

According to lore, the Old Ones populated all existence before the act of creation.[38] The Nameless Old Ones allegedly ruled the universe a billion eons before the birth of Gayomar, the first of all men.[30]

Shuma-Gorath and other Old Ones came million years ago.[47] The Elder Ones dwelt on Earth before man[18] (or before man climbed down from the trees,[10][16] and became man)[17] including in ancient Kush where they reigned over all.[10] The Old Ones ruled the Earth and feasted on the ape-men.[47] They also enslaved those pre-humans, more ape than man, and had them build the temple of the an Old Ones in what is now the South Pacific.[59]

They also ruled the deeps of Earth, enslaving them for eons of insanity, pain and blood magic. They built huge cities (such as, in the Pacific Ocean, R'lyeh,[53]or R'llyeh, rumored to be the "First Atlantis", known as the "Seventh World of the Ancients", as it was described in the Lemurian Witch-Scrolls), and worked magic in unimmaginable ways. They kept their servants in chains, letting them to live and die in their dark glory,[40] and spawned terrible creatures.[53]

On the walls of R'llyeh, their magic was carved into writings, which were theorized by the Logomancer to be the source of all magic of Earth, and to have been imperfectly copied in such books as the Darkhold, the Necronomicon, the Oracles of Zoroaster, among other mystic scrolls and books[40]

They were known to love fire, blood, degradation, sacrifice and death, all which the mortals were utterly willing to give them.[60] Their cruelty offended even the gods of Olympus.[12]

The Old Ones (as well as the Great Race of Yith) partially wrote the Pnakotic Manuscripts.[61] They also created the Wings of Needless Sorrow, an energy-absorption and -redirection device with also negative impact on people's moral,[62] and brought to Earth the Shining Trapezohedran.[63] During their time on Earth, the Elder Ones came to possess or create various artifacts of power, including the Gem of Earth Fire,[17] and the Crystal of the Elder Ones.[18] Some of those would eventually be retrieved by men.

In their time, the demon N'Garthl walked the Earth, while man was "but a cowering pawn in the shadow of creatures vile beyond imagining".[64]

In "the world's first epochs", the Shark Men sensed the power of the ancient "Dark King", an Old One from beyond space and time. They evolved so they could worship this Dark King.[65]


Many events are told to have been the cause to the disappearance of most of the Old Ones from Earth and the Universe:

  • On Earth:
    • More than 1 million years ago,[66] Shuma-Gorath was banished from the Earth-realm by the time-traveling sorcerer Sise-Neg, along with allegedly "all of the Old Ones".[4]
    • 1 million years ago, two groups of gods fought. One side, led by Chthon, lost, and were banished away.[6]
    • Before Lemuria rose from the sea, an unnamed Old One was imprisoned in his own temple in what became the South Pacific.[59]
    • Many others existed on Earth or were summoned, but most of those were slain or driven off,[2] stated to slumber in the sea, waiting to reawaken.[67]
    • During a vision, Victoria Montesi, the daughter of Chthon, stated that the Old Ones were consumed,[68] though the statement was made without any context.
    • At an unknown point, the Old Ones, possibly including Cthulhu, were reborn in a different form, into one simple spiritual entity, the source of all persecution, toxic pride and true depravity: God when his name was invoked in hatred. They assumed various identities, including Ra, prayed by the Egyptians for him to keep the slaves in line and themselves wealthy. When the name "God" was invoked in hatred, the ignrant fueled the word's opposite meaning. This tale was told in opposition to the Old Ones fleeing to an alternate dimension,[38] although it is established many did, under different circumstances.
    • Man eventually wrestled control of the planet from the last of the Elder Ones,[18] after the Final Battle with the Elder Gods.[10]
    • The Elder Ones left this world for another of their own making. Behind them, left a resonance of their power, described as "an echo of a death scream". That story was recounted in the Chronicles of Magnus Tel Shek and the Book of Ages Past.[19]
    • The star-headed Old Ones living in the Mountains of Madness, in Leng, were killed by their slaves, the Shoggoths.[57]
  • Asteroth was exiled by her own race into a "cosmic Hell".[55]
  • In Earth-1610, Zvilpogghua was allegedly cast into "The Abyss", the N-Zone, by the ancestors of Atlantis and the Old Gods.[20]

After that, many Old Ones remained in their new locations, some inactive, others being summoned or trying to pierce the dimensional barriers of their prisons:

  • Some of the Old Ones were stated to slumber in the sea, waiting to reawaken.[67]
  • After fleeing to an alternate dimension,[38] the Old Ones dwelt behind the Gate, seeking Earth's dimension to infest humanity. The Gate could only be opened if Yagotha, the Guardian of the Gate, an ancient and horrible being, would turn the key.[1]

Despite the general disappearance of many Old Ones from activity (through death, extradimensional removal, slumber) due to the various events mentioned up here, part of them remained present and active on the Earth plane.

Soon, at the dawn of civilization, Hanuman, Sorcerer Supreme of the House of Xal, and "king" of the shamans of his era acquired the Crystal of the Elder Ones.[18]

Hoggoth was one of the Old Ones and believed himself to be the last of his kind, save for the ghosts of his fellow Old Ones. He met with Oshtur, one of the Elder Gods of Earth, who had left to explore the universe, and formed the benevolent trinity known as the Vishanti with her and her son Agamotto after the latter's passing.[69]

Pre-Cataclysmic Age[]

28,500 BC[]

Circa 28,500 BC or before, in the hills of Zalgara of Valusia, an unnamed sorcerer sacrificed seven goats (with Tyre's goat, Devil Butt, last) to Yagotha, the Guardian of the Gate, in the name of the Black Beast of Hell with its Thousand Young, to make Yagotha turn the key, intending to have the Old Ones do his binding. The sorcerer was killed but not before a frozen horror accessed the Earth's plane and turned the hillside of Zalgara into a frozen wasteland to make the planet hospitable for the Elder Gods. An hero, possibly similar to Kull, came to Zalgara. Using a shield seemingly powered by Valka, he defeated the icy horror that was upon the hills, defeating it into retreat to its voids. Then Yagotha turned the key, closing the Gate upon the Old Ones.[1]

At some point in the Pre-Cataclysmic Age (see notes on Captain Rhan's page), the Captain Ehestes Rhan possessed a few ancient incantations books (though he claimed to have never dabbled in black magic). Rhan was marooned on an isle west of Grebuhl by his crew. While stranded there, Rhan decided to punish the mutineers and to force them to respect the Ancients they despised. He studied the teachings of Set and Mhur in his books. He prayed to the Dark Ones, and to the Great Goat Gods and their brethren, unwillingly summoning a terrible creature only named as "the were-god". The creature seemingly forced Rhan to mate, and later spawned the monstrous Children of Rhan, rapidly aging girls that eventually transform into massive feral creatures if taken away from their birthplace, and causing the weariness of men.[24]

Age of Kull (18,500 BC)[]

Some men, such as the necromancer Ohris Dehjmal in Valusia, would try to partake from the "wells of evil" left by the Elder Ones, in order to grasp to their power. For his experiments, Dehjmal was sentenced to death.[19]

When told of the story of the Old Ones and the unknown hero, ten thousand years ago, King Kull of Valusia stated that he would oppose the Old Ones, if they were to return into the Earth's dimension.[1]

Great Cataclysm (18,000 BC)[]

When Atlantis sank and humans returned to the sea, that ancient evil woke.[40]

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The "unidentified" other type of Aqueos

The beings from the stars used Sh'g'th tissue, a formless substance used to create unholy life, and created the first Aqueos, who went to live in R'llyeh.[41]

Hyborian Age of Conan (10,000 BC)[]

During the Hyborian Age, the Old Ones as a group were unknown of many,[70] and were considered dead.[71] Some Old Ones were sometimes invoked or even summoned or already present on the Earth plane. A few were even gods of cities and official religions.

Invocations and secret worship[]

To avenge himself from Captain Lupus Dalvalte who tortured him, left him for dead and stole his daughters, Reimos allegedly entered in contact with the Old Ones, the Black Gods of R'Lyeh, the Goat with a Thousand Young and the children of Great Cthulhu, who offered him his spider-infested castle.[72]

Gods of cities and official religions[]

Gol-Goroth was the god of darkness in the city of Bal-Sagoth. His cult was administered by the high priest Gothan, and an indestructible idol of him existed within the city. His worship was outlawed by Kyrie (who posed and was worshiped as Aala, the sea goddess).[73] Afterwards, Gol-Goroth manifested itself into Bal-Sagoth before the city's destruction.[74]

Thog, the Ancient, was worshiped by the people of Xuthal, but was also feared as he regularly devoured sleeping dwellers of the city.[75]

In Zemizar, in Zamora, the Goat God was known as Sahb Delanzar, and was a major religion of the city. The Brotherhood of Sahb Delanzar tried to gather the Thousand Young (the One Thousand sacrifices who would constitute the leaders of Sahb Delanzar's avenging army when it would return to claim and/or consume Earth). That plan was foiled by Conan of Cimmeria.[9]

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The Atlanteans battling the Great Old Ones and their spawn

War with Atlantis[]

When the Atlanteans came to the seas, they battled the Great Old Ones for millennia, eventually driving them into the depths, killing them or imprisoning them if they couldn't be slain. Prisons included shadow, void, or stone. One such stone was the Unforgotten Stone, which was a solid manifestation of their evil power, or even perhaps their twisted souls. The Unforgotten Stone (and possibly other similar prisons) were entombed by Atlantis, but no matter the security, often escaped on their own (or by being stolen).

Some of the Great Old Ones' spawns persisted,[53] such as the Aqueos, who vampirized Atlanteans, Lemurians, and other undersea peoples (all collectively described as "Vampires") and Faceless Ones. An unidentified "other" type within the Aqueos also existed, believed to be connected to the "ancient, otherworldly evil",[40] the ancient "things".[41]

At some point, the Shark Men also became ancient enemies of the Atlanteans.[65]

5,800 BC[]

The Unforgiven Dead (also known themselves as the Old Ones by men), led by Suma-Ket,[76] followed the old ways,[12] and worshiped the Old Ones.[44] Ket was destined by the Dark Gods to deliver their message to all corners of the sea.[77]

After Suma-Ket saved Atlantis from an invasion of the Faceless Ones, the Atlanteans slew their king, Harran, the son of Atlantis' founder Kamuu, to please Ket, and proclaimed him their king. He built an immense temple dedicated to them in Atlantis, slaughtered the priests of Neptune, proclaimed his wife Artys-Gran priestess of the blood rites and himself a prophet.[26] Along with his followers, Ket brought a reign or terror and a bloodthirsty religion to Atlantis and sacrificed hundreds over many years to their dark gods.[78]

After many years,[78] Kalen, the grandson of Kamuu, assisted by Neptune himself, rallied the people and battled Ket and his followers. Unable to destroy them because of their sorcery, they were into the mystic void known as the Grey Waters. Artys-Gran was slain, braking the covenant between the Unforgiven Dead and their dark gods.[26]


"Between the Final Cataclysm and the beginning of recorded history" the Beast-God, one of the Old Ones (seemingly one of the last active), lived in the kingdom of Vanaria, in the Northern Islands, and was offered sacrifices. He was killed by Beowulf who later killed his ghost-form as well, destroying him.[79]

200 AD[]

Circa 200 AD,[80] the Pict king Bran Mak Morn invoked the names of the Black Gods of R'lyeh to lay waste on the Romans, swearing vengeance by the Nameless Ones for the execution of a Pict.[35]

20th century[]

The Old Ones' origin was seemingly unknown to the neophytes of this era,[63] though they were still active.

Lovecraft's writings[]

At the time of World War I, a man, stranded on the sea after a German sea raid, eventually found himself on an island in the South Pacific, inhabited by fishmen who worshiped Dagon and offered him sacrifices in the form of fish and drowned men. He witnessed the horrible sacrificial ceremony and by the coming of Dagon, and was subsequently rendered insane by the experience. The man managed to flee the island and found himself in San Francisco, where he tried to learn more about what he had seen, and wrote down his story, until he was found back by the fishmen. That story was later published by H.P. Lovecraft, with the man as narrator, under the title "Dagon".[81]

Active Cults[]

By the 1970s, the Nameless Ones were summoned by practitioners of witchcraft who wore the trappings of an ancient cult led by Sir Nigel Carruthers, the Warlock Prime, gathered near Stonehenge to invoke the Wraith. When the Silver Surfer crashed on the Carruthers' way to their manor, Nigel interpreted it as the will from the Nameless Ones. To finally destroy the Surfer, the witches' conclaves invoked the Abomination from his imprisonment by the Stranger. The Abomination was defeated by the Surfer, who then ordered Carruthers to return him to his prison.[33]

Lovecraft also wrote about the True Faeries, who were known to him as the Old Ones,[22] while his Earth-1610 counterpart wrote at least on the subject of Zvilpogghua and the great old ones.[20]

Shuma-Gorath's return[]

Shuma-Gorath's servant N'Gabthoth awakened, only to be defeated and killed by Doctor Strange.[32] Strange soon also killed Kathulos, who served Shuma-Gorath as well.[82]

Ascent into Hell[]

Later, while fighting Urthona, Strange was forced to destroy many objects of powers to swipe his enemy, but in doing so released many ancient evils[83][84] (including the water elemental of the Ancients,[84] and the Old Ones.[5]

He defeated those enemies and their servants, including the water elemental,[84] then the Khats.[85] He then retrieved and contained an artifact created by the Old Ones: the Wings of Needless Sorrow.[67]

Strange finally helped Jacob Roark relinquish his magical energies which were keeping together a "thing" from R'lyeh that assaulted him, causing the vanishing of the creature.[86]

Earth-10011's corruption[]

The Many-Angled Ones had already begun to extend their influence at a significant extent on Reality-10011 (comparatively to Reality-616).[23]

The Many-Angled Ones whispered their influence to the Captain Marvel of Earth-10011 on his deathbed and convinced him to initiate the ritual of Necropsy that destroyed the avatar of Death and released the Angled-Ones into the universe's plane of existence, causing his universe to eventually become known as the Cancerverse.[23]

On Sanctuary,[87] the corrupted heroes performed the Necropsy ritual, sacrificing the Avatar of Death and thus annihilating Death, allowing the Many-Angled Ones to fully enter their plane of existence.[23] Ms. Marvel and her fellow Avengers were placed under Mar-Vell's service, now calling themselves the Revengers, and headquartered at the Trapezohedron.[88]

Expected return on Earth-616[]

Nicholas Scratch tricked the Salen's Seven and the Fantastic Four into summoning Shuma-Gorath. Doctor Strange teleported Gorath to Stonehenge, defeated and banished him to the Beyond, beyond time and matter. As Gorath passed over, Stranged sensed that a war was happening in the under-realms (seemingly involving Mephito, who recruited Scratch as he arrived in Hell), and that more Dark Gods were coming.[89]

21st century[]

Across the Multiverse, there were still ancient, "pestilential ghoul-worlds" in "dying" realities that were still devoted to the worship of the Many Angled Ones.[23]

Asteroth, Chthon, and Shuma-Gorath attended the Devil's Advocacy meeting where the demons discussed of the threat posed by the Serpent.[90]

Doctor Spectrum (Joseph Ledger) of Earth-21798 traveled to the Necro-System of Reality-10011, and absorbed the entire reality into his Power Prism, unleashing it from the prism as a weapon.[91]

3000 AD[]

While researching into the Old Ones, Doctor Cephalopod (Cecil Cephalopod) was "blessed" with his Cthulhu-like form (which led Captain Marvel (Earth-80329) to confuse him with a Great Old One), and also discovered the existence of the Great Race of Yith, ultimately using their ancient technology to create the Shadow Templates.[92]

Powers and Abilities


The demonic Old Ones exhibited many powers including:

  • Partial Manifestation: At least some Old Ones can appear as avatars or partial manifestations of themselves, including Yog Sothoth[16] and Shuma-Gorath.[93]
  • Power Bestowal: The Old Ones could bestow bestow powers to other beings, such as Suma-Ket who regularly performed blood sacrifices to the Old Ones for further power.[44] After allegedly entering in contact with the Old Ones, the Black Gods of R'Lyeh, the Goat with a Thousand Young and the children of Great Cthulhu, Reimos was "offered" his spider-infested castle.[72]
    • Demonic Infusion: The Many-Angled corrupted various superhuman beings from the Cancerverse, turning them demonic by infusing them with their ancient power.[87]
  • Possession: They could inhabit other beings. Due to his great power, Franklin Richards was allowed to house several of them.[8]


The Old Ones are more or less prevented from enterring the Earth plane by various things, such as being blocked being the gate guarded by Yagotha.[1]


Level of Technology

The Old Ones created and/or possessed artifacts of power, including the Shining Trapezohedran and the Wings of Needless Sorrow. The Elder Ones created and/or possessed various artifacts of power, including the Gem of Earth Fire,[17] and the Crystal of the Elder Ones.[18]


Cthulhu and Shuma-Gorath are considered as archetypal Great Old Ones.[46] Both Shuma-Gorath[48] and Chthon were considered the greatest of the Old Ones.[6]

The following entities were also mentioned as Great Old Ones: Lloigoroth,[94] Slorioth,[95] Tsathoggua,[96] and Zvilpogghua.[20] Chthon was also stated to be one of the Great Old Ones,[6] despite being an Elder God of Earth.

Asteroth, the Black Gods of R'Lyeh, Erlik Khan, Ghaszaszh Nyrih, Gol-Goroth, Kathulos, N'Gabthoth, Nigguraab, Shub-Niggurath (the Black Goat gods), the Toad God, Thog the Ancient, and Yog-Sokkot are confirmed to either Great of Lesser Old Ones.[46]

Some entities were called "Old Ones" as well, without more details: the Beast-God (who plagued Vanaria),[79] a thing from R'lyeh,[86] Hoggoth (of the Vishanti),[69] and the Shark Men's "Dark King".[65]

The Outer Gods (including Azotharoth and Sehdoula, Yog-Sothoth), and the Other Gods (which include only one known member: Nyarlathotep) have been mistaken often enough with the Great Old Ones, at the point they considered the same.[46]

A few among them have been told to lead their brethren:

  • Shuma-Gorath was stated to be the Master of the Old Ones.[47]
  • Oberoth'm'gozz was the True Faery King of the Old Ones.[22]
  • As Sehdoula, Yog-Sothoth was the Lord of the Dark Ones, the Outsiders.[16]

See also the list of known Old Ones.

Some beings might be Old Ones, though it hasn't been confirmed so far:

Among the many names invoked by the denizens of the Cancerverse, presumably those of Many-Angled Ones, were Kthl, Yot-Soter, Shuma-Gorath, and Nyerlathortech. Other, including Llehk, Yoggor. S'geht, and Shoggor (known only for the Jet Mirrors of Shoggor) could be Many-Angled Ones, locations, or something else.


  • The Old Ones are demons of the Third Class, and are considered to be key elements[98] and the most notable[2] among that class.
  • Despite common elements in origin, there is no evidence that the Old Ones are one and the same race.[2]
    • However, they have been described as a race on occasions.[15][44]
  • The status of Old One hasn't been seen so far to be transmitted to their direct descendants: Khosatral Khel and Dagoth (spawns of the possible Old One Dagon) have never been stated to be Old Ones themselves as far.
  • The worship of the Old Ones was also known as the "Old Ways".[12]
  • Many of the Old Ones' names end with the syllable "-oth", an observation that led Ian McNee to suspect Hoggoth to be himself an Old One[3] This was later confirmed.[69]

Original creation[]


Additionally to straight-out appearances, the Old Ones have also appeared as pastiches of some of the original Old Ones.

A few groups of beings have been introduced, who are either more or less inspired by the Old Ones, or are them, yet unconfirmed:

  • The Elder Gods as a general classification (some are straight-out Cthulhu Mythos adaptations, other are more or less inspired by the Old Ones).
  • The Ancients, who might be contemporary with the Old Ones, or a sub-set from them.
    • The Ancients (the same, or another group) lived on the island now known as Island M (a place also related to Shuma-Gorath). It is possible that those Ancients included Shuma-Gorath and were the Great Old Ones.
    • To be noted that later, in Carnage (Vol. 2) (2016-2017), Chthon was mentioned to be part of a group of "ancient gods", alternatively called "Ancients",[39] "Elder Gods",[99] "Great Old Ones". Given Namor: The First Mutant #3 mentions the Darkhold being originated from the etching of eldritch beings, later confirmed in King in Black: Namor #2 to be the Great Old Ones, it seemingly hints that Chthon was indeed a Great Old One despite being a known Elder God.

Some of those pantheons and/or groups of mysterious ancient deities may be in fact be part of the Great Old Ones, including the Ancients, the Ancient Ones, the Elder Ones, and the Dark Gods worshiped by the Psyklop.

Doctor Who Universe[]

Some characters appearing in the Doctor Who Comic Books published by Marvel Comics were identified in later sources (not published by Marvel) as Great Old Ones (or their subsets, including the Elder Gods) or of their progeny. Furthermore, some of those alleged Great Old Ones have been hinted or confirmed to be known Lovecraftian Great Old Ones developed in Marvel Comics.

Such examples includes the Great Intelligence, appearing in "Yonder... The Yeti" (Doctor Who Weekly #31-34; May to June, 1980), who has been stated to be Yog-Sothoth, or the Nestene Intelligence, appearing in "Business as Usual" (Doctor Who Weekly #40-43; July to August, 1980), mentioned as the progeny of Shub-Niggurath.

Given most of the accounts of characters being Great Old Ones are either contradictory with other sources or revealed in other source material, often published after the time Marvel published Doctor Who comic books, the connections between those entities and the Great Old Ones (or other Cthulhu Mythos elements) will not be taken in account, unless if explicitly mentioned in Marvel Comics, or in sources predating Marvel Comics.

For more information on the Great Old Ones from the Doctor Who universe, please consult the Tardis Wiki.

Confusion around the name[]


See Also

Links and References


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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Marvel Tarot #1 ; The Inner Planes
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Marvel Fact Files #46 ; Shuma-Gorath's article
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  21. Savage Avengers #10
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 22.7 22.8 Thunderbolts Annual (Vol. 2) #1
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 23.6 23.7 Thanos Imperative #3
  24. 24.0 24.1 Savage Sword of Conan #64 ; The Children of Rhan
  25. Fantastic Four Annual #33
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Namor, the Sub-Mariner #38
  27. 4 #26
  28. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #1 ; Atlantis' entry
  29. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #5 ; Kaluu's profile
  30. 30.0 30.1 Conan the Barbarian Annual #7
  31. Savage Sword of Conan #126 ; The Mercenary
  32. 32.0 32.1 Marvel Premiere #6
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Silver Surfer #12
  34. 34.0 34.1 Avengers #352
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Savage Sword of Conan #16 ; Worms of the Earth
  36. Doctor Strange (Vol. 2) #45
  37. Marvel Adventures Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #16
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 Moon Knight #191
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Carnage (Vol. 2) #4
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 40.4 40.5 40.6 Namor: The First Mutant #3
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 41.5 41.6 Vampires: The Marvel Undead #1 ; Aqueos' profile
  42. 42.0 42.1 Namor: The First Mutant #4
  43. 43.0 43.1 Vampires: The Marvel Undead #1 ; Vampires' profile
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 44.4 44.5 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #11 ; Suma-Ket's profile
  45. Heroic Age: Villains #1 ; Cancerverse's profile
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 46.4 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #3 ; Demons' profile
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 47.4 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Horror 2005 #1 ; Shuma-Gorath's profile
  48. 48.0 48.1 Wolverine: First Class #12
  49. Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1 ; Appendix; Tomes: Thanatosian Tomes
  50. Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1 ; Appendix; Tomes: Black Sea Scrolls
  51. Empyre Handbook #1 ; Kree's profile
  52. Marvel Fact Files #38 ; The Thanos Imperative, Point of Departure
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 53.3 King in Black: Namor #2
  54. Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill #4
  55. 55.0 55.1 55.2 Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill #5
  56. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #3 ; Annunaki's profile, Dagon's and Ea's paragraphs
  57. 57.0 57.1 Conan the Savage #4
  58. Sabretooth & the Exiles #5
  59. 59.0 59.1 Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #1
  60. Strange Tales (Vol. 2) #8
  61. Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1 ; Appendix; Tomes: Pnakotic Manuscripts
  62. Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1 ; Talismans of Mystic Power; The Wings of Needless Sorrow
  63. 63.0 63.1 Journey Into Mystery (Vol. 2) #4 ; The Haunter of the Dark
  64. Savage Sword of Conan #135 ; Three Lives for N'Garthl
  65. 65.0 65.1 65.2 Fear Itself: The Home Front #6 ; The Chosen: The Stars are Right (part 2 of 3)
  66. [[The First Host occurred 1,000,000 years ago per Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities 1's Set's profile, while X-Men Annual 13 picture the pre-humans who benefited from Sise-Neg going through the First Host|The First Host occurred 1,000,000 years ago per [[Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities #1|Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities 1]]'s Set's profile, while X-Men Annual 13 picture the pre-humans who benefited from Sise-Neg going through the First Host]]
  67. 67.0 67.1 67.2 Strange Tales (Vol. 2) #4 ; Walk on the Wild Side!
  68. Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins #9
  69. 69.0 69.1 69.2 Marvel Universe: Map by Map #1 ; Mystic Realms: The mystical trinity
  70. Conan the Barbarian #100
  71. Savage Sword of Conan #162
  72. 72.0 72.1 Conan the Barbarian #141
  73. Conan the Barbarian #17
  74. Conan the Barbarian #18
  75. Savage Sword of Conan #20 ; The Slithering Shadow
  76. Namor, the Sub-Mariner #36
  77. Namor, the Sub-Mariner #40
  78. 78.0 78.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #1 ; Atlantis' profile
  79. 79.0 79.1 Tower of Shadows #6
  80. Savage Sword of Conan #14 ; A Kull Glossary: Gonar's entry
  81. Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1 ; Dagon
  82. Marvel Premiere #8
  83. Strange Tales (Vol. 2) #1 ; And Have Not Charity...
  84. 84.0 84.1 84.2 Strange Tales (Vol. 2) #2 ; The World Well Lost for Love -- !
  85. Strange Tales (Vol. 2) #3 ; Goodbye to All That!
  86. 86.0 86.1 Strange Tales (Vol. 2) #19
  87. 87.0 87.1 Avengers NOW! #1 ; Cancerverse's profile
  88. Realm of Kings #1
  89. 4 #27
  90. Journey Into Mystery #627
  91. Heroes Reborn (Vol. 2) #4
  92. Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #4
  93. Mighty Avengers (Vol. 2) #3
  94. Vampires: The Marvel Undead #1 ; Amenhotep's profile
  95. Defenders: Strange Heroes #1 ; Slorioth's profile
  96. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #6 ; Earth's Solar System, Saturn's profile
  97. Marvel Legacy: The 1970s Handbook #1 ; Psyklop's profile
  98. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Horror 2005 #1 ; Appendix: Demon classes, Class III
  99. Carnage (Vol. 2) #6
  100. Carnage (Vol. 2) #15
  101. Savage Sword of Conan #40 ; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian Age, Part VIII: Valusia's entry
  102. Old Ones at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe