Real Name: S'met'kth
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (presumably a
unique being, possibly a native of an unidentified race) energy/emotion
active for over 3000 years
Occupation: Eliminator of free will, bringer of bliss and harmony
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Worshipped by many races and beings
(including the Dr'azim);
Mithras Directive (Montgomery Burns, Zoe Culloden, Mason Dixon and Noah DuBois)
Enemies: Council of Elders (Milos, four others), Deadpool ("Wade Wilson"), mankind, Shi'ar, Skrulls, Tiamat and his race, many other races
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Destroyer, the Ultimate Destroyer
Base of Operations: Currently unrevealed;
last seen in the Egyptian desert;
formerly mobile throughout the universe
First Appearance: (Mithras mission indirectly hinted
at) Deadpool III#1 (January, 1997);
(Mithras Directive identified) Deadpool III#15 (April, 1998);
(Partially seen, true identity revealed) Deadpool III#23 (December, 1998);
(fully seen) Deadpool III#24 (January, 1999)
Powers/Abilities: According to Uatu, S'met'kth had power to rival Galactus. His primary power is to seize control of the minds of entire planets and shift them into a state of transcendental bliss, uniting their minds in perfect harmony, but at the same time robbing of them of independent thought and freewill. He needs to be within the planet's atmosphere to cause the change, but once a planet is thus affected, its inhabitants will remain in that state until S'met'kth is incapacitated (or possibly only if he is slain). S'met'kth can travel through space unaided and achieve intergalactic distances in days; he is unharmed by the heat and friction of atmospheric re-entry and can survive for indefinite periods without heat, air, or conventional forms of sustenance; he may survive by feeding off the psychic energies drained from others when he removes their free will. His presence within an atmosphere causes significant environmental turmoil, such as the formation of tornados and flame-red clouds. He can almost effortless turn most attacks back on their wielders, such as re-directing missiles back at the jets that fired them.
An unspecified alien life form (the serpentine skeletal headdress-like creature formerly worn by Tiamat) can bond with a single being to render him or her immune to S'met'kth's power. Additionally, something specific to Tiamat's weapons or energies transmitted by his race's Council of Elders proved to be lethal to S'met'kth.
Height: Uncertain. There's only one panel where's he's
seen close to an object of known size, but it's not clear just how big it is,
b/c Deadpool may not be anywhere close to it. Tiamat remarked that he did not
expect it to be so big.
Weight: Uncertain, see above.
Eyes: Multiple of different color
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - S'met'kth touched thousands of planets, leaving behind complete and utter bliss.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS / Deadpool III#25 (fb) - BTS) <over 3000 years ago> - The Council of Elders of an unidentified extraterrestrial race learned of the existence of S'met'kth, who brought peace and bliss to planets, robbing the inhabitants of freewill and leaving them in an inert stupor in the process. They selected an infant to be their Champion and sent him to Earthto Earth to wait, grow, and change, and ultimately to stop S'met'kth (whom they called the Destroyer) in Earth's sand before it could reach their homeworld.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - The Dr'azim people prepared for S'met'kth's arrival for 300 years, anticipating the peace and bliss that would follow.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS / Deadpool III#25 (fb) - BTS / Deadpool III#21 (fb) - BTS / ) - On Earth, Landau, Luckman, Lake, & LeQuare's newly awakened precognitive Montgomery Burns had a vision of an alien life form, a Messiah, coming to Earth in the next couple decades and bringing with it peace and prosperity. Monty prophesied a malevolent being (whom they named Tiamat) that would come to kill the alien Messiah and destroy the peace, unless the Messiah was protected by a the Mithras. LLL&L agents Montgomery Burns, Zoe Culloden, Mason Dixon and Noah DuBois formed the Mithras Directive to cultivate the Mithras to slay Tiamat and protect the Messiah. Monty predicted the Mithras to be Deadpool ("Wade Wilson"), but Dixon secretly manipulated Monty, wiping his memory and concealing his visions from the others while he set Deadpool up to fail so that he could use the second string Mithras (Captain America/Steve Rogers) against Tiamat. In addition, Gerry LeQuare, the fourth member of the LLL&L, faked his death and gave up his wealth to secretly manipulate the Mithras Directive and Deadpool himself to stop S'met'kth.
(Deadpool III#21 - BTS) - Dixon dispatched a series of Blind Spot Units to jam any Earth technology that might report the approach of the Messiah.
(Deadpool III#23) - S'met'kth, apparently drawn by advanced technology that could be seen from space, approached a planet.
(Deadpool III#23) - The Dr'azim people rejoiced with S'met'kth's arrival, and they were soon united by an endless moment of ultimate joy and unity across the planet. The people remained in a drooling, mindless state.
(Deadpool III#24) - Several Shi'ar ships noted that S'met'kth
had entered their galaxy and had turned toward Chandilar. Commander M'Kellen and
his crew prepared to fight it but were instead overwhelmed by a wave of bliss.
As S'met'kth passed deep into the Milky Way galaxy, Skrull ensign Mrok, stationed in Saturn's orbit, was affected by the wave of bliss, noting to his superiors that everything was perfect, just before crashing into an asteroid.
Arriving in Earth's orbit, S'meth'kth overwhelmed Uatu the Watcher with a wave of bliss.
(Deadpool III#25) - The crew of the NASA shuttle discovery was
locked into a state of blissful nothing as S'met'kth passed nearby. The skies
light up red, as if with fire, as S'met'kth approached Egypt. The loss of
contact with the shuttle's crew was detected by NASA, who contacted General
Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, who contacted the POTUS and ordered an airstrike to
US fighter planes launched missiles at S'met'kth, but they were simply redirected back at the jets, destroying them. S'met'kth soon tore through the clouds, causing the sky to shudder and tornados to form in the vicinity. S'met'kth opened its eyes and judged Earth; noting pollution, greed, confusion, anger, and pain, it decided that Earth was a grand disappointment and must be mitigated. It began to replaced these woes with please, peace, and bliss.
Meanwhile, Tiamat, having become obsessed with slaying the Mithras, delayed battling S'met'kth. Feeling Tiamat had lost his focus and risked losing everything, the Elders transferred Tiamat's weapons (including the creature atop his head that protected him from S'met'kth's power) to Deadpool and telepathically told Deadpool of S'met'kth's true intent.
As S'met'kth spread his bliss power across Egypt, Africa, the USA, France, Russia, and the rest of the world, he took control of Captain America (who had previously failed to defeat Tiamat) and tried to explain the value of the peace and the pain that free will, decisions, guilt, doubt, etc. brought. As the S'met'kth-controlled Captain America physically battled Deadpool, S'met'kth continued his efforts to convince Deadpool, while the Council of Elders tried to convince Deadpool that free will was worth far more than peace and bliss without freewill. When S'met'kth tried to convince Deadpool to remove the creature protecting him from S'met'kth's powere and to surrender his free will, Deadpool instead ambushed Captain America with a kick in the jibs and then assaulted S'met'kth directly. Tiamat's weapons allowed Deadpool to apparently slay S'met'kth, who collapsed to the desert floor, but its body was never found.
Across the universe, those affected by S'met'kth (those who hadn't yet perished from failure to feed or take care of themselves) regained their free will...some of them happy, some of them furious about having lost the bliss...and violence, hatred, hope, and achievement continued anew.
Comments: Created by Joe Kelly, Walter McDaniel, and Whitney McFarland.
The Mithras Directive is detailed in the Tiamat profile, so you can see all of the BTS preparations for S'met'kth there. There's so much information that it dilutes out what the characters did directly, so I'm leaving it out of this entry.
Profile by Snood.
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Deadpool III#24, last page - main image
Deadpool III#21 (October, 1998) - Joe Kelly (writer), Walter McDaniel (penciler), John Livesay (inker), Paul Tutrone (assistant editor), Matt Idleson (editor)
Deadpool III#23 (December, 1998) - Joe Kelly (writer), Walter McDaniel (penciler), Whitney McFarland, Alp Altiner, John Livesay (inkers), Paul Tutrone (assistant editor), Matt Idleson (editor)
Deadpool III#24 (January, 1999) - Joe Kelly (writer), Walter McDaniel (penciler), Whitney McFarland (inker), Paul Tutrone (assistant editor), Matt Idleson (editor)
Deadpool III#25 (February, 1999) - Joe Kelly (writer), Walter McDaniel (penciler), Whitney McFarland, Rodney Ramos, Walden Wong, Scott Elmer and Scott Koblish (inkers), Paul Tutrone (assistant editor), Matt Idleson (editor)
Last updated: 09/09/09
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