- —Talos the Untamed[src]
Talos was born without the common Skrull ability of shapeshifting, and were it not for his royal heritage would have been killed when young. He compensated for this by becoming one of the most feared and respected of warriors within the Empire. earning Talos the nickname of Talos the Untamed.
Unfortunately for Talos, his reputation as the Untamed was lost due to his capture by the Kree during the Kree-Skrull War and his unwillingness to commit ritual suicide to keep his honor. Talos was disgraced and became known as Talos the Tamed.
The Impossible Man invited himself and other aliens to Rick Jones and Marlo Chandler's wedding in Las Vegas. Talos was among the many extraterrestrial guests. However a Kree spotted Talos and taunted him. Talos went to face the Kree antagonist but the Silver Surfer told him to sit back down.
Talos threw himself from the the hotel roof after the wedding. The Hulk thought he was trying to commit suicide, but Talos attacked the Hulk. Aware of Hulk's reputation, Talos believed the Hulk would be a worthy foe to give him an honorable death. When the Hulk realized what the Skrull was doing he tried to leave. Talos attacked again, taunting the Hulk into fighting back. Tempted to give the Skrull what he wanted, but loathe to disappoint his bride, the Hulk begged the Skrull to leave him alone. This convinced him that the Hulk was a coward and unworthy of his attention, Talos teleported himself to his orbiting spacecraft, where he found that other Skrulls were impressed by his performance against the mightiest being on Earth.
Talos was deemed no use for Queen Veranke's Secret Invasion of Earth because of his lack of shape-shifting abilities, but Chancellor Kal'du never lost hope that Talos would eventually join them on Earth.
Talos traveled to the planet Godthab Omega and in the town of Abyss and battled Devos the Devastator. Devos managed to defeat Talos, but was struck down by Gamora. Talos and Devos were imprisoned in the same cell by Glorian, the one responsible for drawing them to the planet. Talos spoke with Devos, believing that Glorian was once a pupil of the Shaper of Worlds. When the planet was overrun by the Annihilation Wave, Glorian was distracted, releasing Devos and Talos. Ronan the Accuser ordered the two of them off-planet with the other survivors. Though he hated the Kree he decided to comply to save his life.
Talos disguised himself as a human named Jonathan Richards using make-up and a fake beard and hired private eye Howard the Duck to retrieve a necklace stolen by the Black Cat. With the help of Tara Tam, a new ally, Howard recovered the necklace. After recovering the necklace for a third time, Howard was approached by Talos disguised as Richards in the middle of his fight against the Ringmaster, Richards revealed his true identity.
It was revealed the necklace contained one of the Abundant Gems, a set of stones marginally powerful items Talos wanted to use to enslave the Earth and regain his honor within the Empire. Talos found the final gem in the former site of the Pier Four, and unleashed the constructs known as the Abundant Warriors to wreak havoc in the city. Tara Tam, who was revealed to possess shapeshifting powers similar to a Skrull, posed as Emperor Kl'rt and distracted Talos long enough to let Howard steal the glove from his hand. He was subsequently apprehended by the Fantastic Four.
Joining the Alliance and Knull
Following the war against the Cotati, a number of Kree and Skrull worlds have mysteriously ceased communication. Talos, leading a group made up with Av-Rom, Tarna, Keeyah, M'lanz and Virtue, was sent to investigate. To their horror, they found that all of inhabitants have been consumed by Symbiotes which then attacked them. As Symbiote Dragon engulfed their ship, most of the group got overwhelmed by the monsters, leaving Talos and Tarna the only survivors. Talos decided to distract the symbiotes, while Tarna would return to the empire and warn about the threat. However, after Talos confronted Knull, he was the one to be retrieved by the empire instead of Tarna and warned General Kalamari that the symbiotes had already arrived.
- Superhuman Strength: Talos' genetic-defection has granted him superhuman strength. He possesses sufficient strength to lift in the 25-75 ton range.
- Superhuman Durability: Along with his strength his body is more durable than the average Skrull allowing to engage in battle with the Hulk for a short time.
- Cybernetic Eye: After losing it in combat, Talos has exchanged his left eye for a cybernetic version of it instead.
Skrull Military Training: Talos is a trained Skrull soldier.
- Aviation: Talos is trained in the use of the advanced warp-drive starships of the Skrull military.
- Unarmed Combat: Talos is trained in the unarmed combat of the Skrull military, he is also quite experienced.
- Marksmanship: Talos is trained in the use of the ranged energy-weaponry of the Skrull military.
Skrull mlitary Uniform: Though he cannot shape-shift he still wears a Skrull military uniform, which can alter as a Skrull changes shape and size.
Skrull military weaponry: He frequently uses the ranged energy-weaponry of the Skrull military.
Skrull military transport: He frequently uses the advanced warp-drive starships of the Skrull military.
- 10 appearance(s) of Talos (Earth-616)
- 4 appearance(s) in handbook(s) of Talos (Earth-616)
- 1 minor appearance(s) of Talos (Earth-616)
- 2 mention(s) of Talos (Earth-616)
- 2 mention(s) in handbook(s) of Talos (Earth-616)
- 9 image(s) of Talos (Earth-616)
- 3 quotation(s) by or about Talos (Earth-616)
- 6 item(s) used/owned by Talos (Earth-616)