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Kariooq the Corruptor
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Kariooq is one of the Great Beasts and as such has supernatural powers. Kariooq is capable of corrupting matter and is highly vulnerable to ice (a preserver). The full extent of his powers were never stated, but his strength is born of sorcery ancient as winter and black as night. He is one of the Gods of the Elder Night. The Great Beasts are older than the Earth, but upon entering our dimension they must be stopped within twenty minutes or they will never be stopped at all. It was said "there is no one in all the world with power enough to truely harness and control a Great Beast"

Eye Blasts: Kariooq has the ability to shoot energy beams from his eyes. The full extent of these blasts have yet to be revealed.

Death and Decay: The Great Beasts were embodiments of death on Earth when it was first commencing to come alive. It was stated "the Great Beasts rule over death and decay, and can emplore death and decay as a weapon against mankind". It was suggested that Kariooq had a higher degree of control over death and decay than the other Great Beasts.

Magical Manifestation: Kariooq has the ability to summon a magical manifestation of himself that he uses to do his bidding for him. They have been shown to be sent to the Earth realm to do battle, while the true Kariooq remains in the Realm of the Beasts. It's unlikely they possess all the Beasts true power.

Size Manipulation: Kariooq has the ability to increase his size to unknown levels, he was shown to be larger than Bedlamís headquarters, but his upper limit was never stated.


Kariooq the Corrupter is one of the Great Beasts, supernatural beings exiled into their home dimension to keep them from overtaking the earthly realm. Kariooq first encountered Alpha Flight when they travelled to the Realm of the Beasts to recover the soul of Walter Langkowski. Shaman delayed Kariooq by using ice, Kariooq's ancient enemy.


First Appearance: Alpha Flight (1983) #24

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Issue Appearances:
Alpha Flight (1983)
Amazing X-Men (2014)
Chaos War: Alpha Flight (2011)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1989)
Wolverine (1988)

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Great Beasts

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