The Shi'ar and the Spartoi are of common, remote ancestry.[1]

General Structure

The Shi'ar are humanoids of avian descent who resembled humans with feathered crests atop their heads in lieu of hair. Two different styles were common; Most Shi'ar had feathers sprouting in a triangular shape away from the face, one peak on the top of the head and one peak on each side slightly over the shoulder. The other commonly seen "hair" style was bushy on both sides and very flat on the top.[2]

Vestigial Wings

Internally, they had light hollow bones, and on their forearms there were still some vestigial feathers left of wings that were lost over millions of years of evolution. The average Shi'ar could lift one ton in earth-like gravity and had far greater stamina.[2]

In the time of T'kyll Alabar, Shi'ar had feathered wings.[3]

Genetic Throwbacks

While that trait mostly disappeared in modern Shi'ar, some were genetic throwbacks, such as Deathbird.[4] For that throwback, Deathbird was considered a mutant.[5]


The Shi'ar female possess mammary glands and are viviparous,[6] but some Shi'ar are artificially conceived in eggs, nurtured in special chambers and the children were referred to as hatchlings.[7]


The Shi'ar's blood doesn't generate its own heat, and therefore they can't survive long in the snow.[8]


It can be presumed that the Shi'ar can cross with humans to produce hybrids, at least by the way of the bio-engineering. All the known specimens of those cross-breds are Mutants.
List of the known Shi'ar/mutant hybrids.

The Shi'ar can also produce offspring by the Mephitisoids, the Jath'che.[9]
List of the known Shi'ar/Mephitisoid hybrids (including Jath'che but also Shi'ar with grafted Mephitisoid genetics)


The Shi'ar have more chakras than humans.[10]

Shi'ar do not dream, except for those born "defective",[8] "infected by dreams".[11] Such "defective" Shi'ar include Warbird (Ava'Dara Naganandini)[8] and the Shi'ar having survived the Fianden's weapons (all executed by their empire afterwards).[11]

Special abilities and mutants

Most Shi'ar have no special abilities.

Genetic throwback winged Deathbird is considered a mutant.[5]

In one 2099 possible future (Earth-32098), Xavier even gathered a galactic alliance of mutants: the Universal X-Alliance, including Cyclops/Apocalypse posing as a Shi'ar member of the Alliance.[12]

Some individuals manifest supershi'ar-powers, as Electron (Magnetism),[13] the Rook'shir (Phoenix Force utilisation),[13] Deathcry (purple skin, enhanced agility and claws),[13] Dakari (extremely powerful),[13] White Noise (acoustikinesis) and Black Light (Darkforce manipulation). Those Shi'ar are presented as isolated individuals[13] and not as a biological unity.

To be noted that Deathcry, White Noise, Black Light and Deathbird are all part of the Neramani family (the Imperial family), and that Rook'shir transmitted his Phoenix Force manipulation power to his descendants (including Korvus), who are the only ones able to wield the Blade of the Phoenix.[14]

Some Shi'ar possess telepathic abilities.[15]


  1. Inhumans Vol 3 #3
  2. 2.0 2.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #7
  3. Avengers #379
  4. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3
  5. 5.0 5.1 Marvel Encyclopedia #1
  6. X-Men Vol 4 #20
  7. Mr. and Mrs. X 3-Mr. and Mrs. X 3
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #57
  9. Gambit and the X-Ternals #3
  10. A + X #15
  11. 11.0 11.1 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #58
  12. X-Men Vol 2 #98
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 X-Men: Messiah Complex - Mutant Files #1
  14. Uncanny X-Men #479
  15. Uncanny X-Men #483
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