This page is about the Shi'ar as a species. For the Shi'ar as a group, please refer to the Shi'ar Empire page.


The Shi'ar are a avian-descended humanoid race of extraterestrial beings that hail from the planet Chandilar, located in the large Shi'ar Galaxy. They are technologically advanced and extremely militaristic conquering every world in their galaxy forming the Shi'ar Empire.



Close to to humans, the Shi'ar have specific biological and physiological features.

Main article: Shi'ar Biology



Main article: Shi'ar Culture


Main article: Shi'ar Law



Though the empire grew to include hundreds of thousands of different sentient species and worlds, the Shi'ar race controlled and governed the empire. Its central base of power was located on the "throneworld" Chandilar,[citation needed] while the Shi'ar homeworld was called Aerie (it is unknown if the planet still exists).[citation needed] The leader of the empire was given the title Majestor (male) or Majestrix (female) and was a hereditary position, occupied by members of the royal family of the Shi'ar. The Neramani family was the most recent to represent the royal bloodline.[citation needed]

Not all races had the same rights in the Imperium, as the Shi'ar appeared to have a disproportionate influence on its governance.[citation needed]

It was nominally ruled over by a high council, which had representatives from a large majority of the alien races that existed within the Imperium. However, in practice, the head of the council (the Majestor or Majestrix) exercised strong executive control and could institute policy virtually by decree.[citation needed]


The Shi'ar Empire was one of the most advanced and expansive civilizations in the universe, spanning entire galaxies. It was mainly an economic co-operative, where trade with other galactic powers was its driving force.[citation needed]

The leader of the empire was protected by his or her own personal guard, the Imperial Guard, which was made up of the most powerful and elite soldiers from throughout the Empire, and led by a praetor. The military itself (outside of the Imperial Guard) consisted almost exclusively of Shi'ar personnel, at least in most of the command positions.[citation needed]

Though having warlike and militaristic ancestry, the Shi'ar Empire largely occupied the role of peacekeepers in many interstellar affairs. For example, Empress Lilandra Neramani tried to broker peace between the Kree Empire and the Skrull Empire to help bring an end to their devastating war, she sought interstellar accord when deciding how to end the threat of the Dark Phoenix, and attempted to avenge the destruction of Tarnax IV, the Skrull throneworld, by Galactus.[citation needed]

However, it should also be noted that Empress Lilandra was personally responsible for authorizing the use of the Nega-bomb weapon, devastating the Kree Empire during Operation: Galactic Storm, and that the Shi'ar were pivotal in the invasion and containment of Earth during the Maximum Security event. One of the latest atrocities committed by the Shi'ar was ordering the extermination of Jean Grey's family, in an effort to quell any future conflicts with the Phoenix entity.[citation needed]

Alternate Realities

Please find the alternate realities Shi'ar on this page.

Powers and Abilities


The average Shi'ar can lift 1 ton in earth-like gravity and has far greater stamina. Most Shi'ar have no other special abilities, though some are genetic throwbacks. These individuals possess wings which allow them to fly.

Average Strength level

Superhuman, at least 1 ton with intensive exercise.[5] According to Wasp, Shi'ar aren't stronger than humans.[6]


Since their blood does not generate its own heat, Shi'ar can not survive long in the cold.


Population: 60 billion.[citation needed]


Type of Government: Imperial Empire ruled by Empress-Majestrix Lilandra Neramani
Level of Technology: Highly advanced, with warp-drive starships, and Stargate space-warping technology that allows for instantaneous travel between galaxies. Very Advanced; According to Beast, the Shi'ar Empire is a "highly advanced type 5 space civilization",[7] presumably mentioning Kardashev scale.
Cultural Traits: Warrior culture


  • X-Men writer Ed Brubaker compared the Shi'ar to Star Trek's Romulans, saying they are "smart, aggressive, and mean".
  • The correct spelling is "Shi'ar", with the capital letter only on the S,[8] and is misspelled "Shi'Ar" on some occasions.[9][10]
  • The adjective form of the name can be both Shi'ar[citation needed] or Shi'arian.[11]

See Also

Links and References


  1. X-Men Vol 4 #19
  2. X-Men '92 Vol 2 #7
  3. Uncanny X-Men #163
  4. Deathbird says "I am of the Aerie, the royal nest of Shi'ar" in Uncanny X-Men #157. This suggests that Aerie might be the capitol building or even some section of that building (royal family creche?) rather than the name of the planet.
  5. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #7
  6. Avengers West Coast #81
  7. New X-Men #122
  8. Statement by Stuart Vandal
  9. X-Men: Kingbreaker #2 resume.
  10. Marvel Universe 2001 Millennial Visions #1; "Galactus: Dawn of the Heralds"
  11. Nova Vol 5 #1
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