Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (unidentified race)

Occupation: Arms dealer, casino owner/operator

Group Membership: Elders of the Universe (Grandmaster/En Dwi Gast, others)

Affiliations: Medi-Bots, Werman, her clients;
    formerly Jo-Venn, N'Kalla

Enemies: Avengers (Black Panther/T'Challa, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, Ghost Rider/Robbie Reyes, Iron Man/Tony Stark, She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Thor/Thor Odinson), Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Sue Richards, Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), Hulkling (Dorrek VIII/Teddy Altman), Jo-Venn, Alicia Masters Grimm, the New Fantastic Four (Brainstorm/Valeria Richards, Powerhouse/Franklin Richards, Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Wolverine/James Howlett), N'Kalla

Known Relatives: En Dwi Gast (Grandmaster, brother), Va Nee Gast (Voyager, niece) (possibly, see comments)

Aliases: "Karen," "Lady," "Ma'am"

Base of Operations: The Casino Cosmico, outer space

First Appearance: Empyre: Fantastic Four#0 (September, 2020)

Powers/Abilities: The Profiteer, like the other Elders of the Universe, is unable to die and has lived for at least many centuries, if not much, much longer. While not displayed, the Profiteer likely has the ability to survive in the vacuum of space unaided, much like the other Elders of the Universe.

The Profiteer has centuries worth of knowledge about extraterrestrial weapons and the management of finances, including those earned from a casino.

As the owner/operator of the Casino Cosmico, the Profiteer has access to the Casino's advanced technology, including a holographic, changing arena, sophisticated medical equipment and fast-traveling interstellar spacecraft. She also has an extremely vast amount of extraterrestrial wealth, acquired through various means.

She is capable of summoning henchmen to her side but whether this is an inherent superhuman power (as most Elders of the Universe have the power of teleportation) or merely due to teleportation technology within the Casino Cosmico remains unclear.

Height: 6'3" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Purple
Hair: Black with white streaks

History: (Empyre: Fantastic Four#0 (fb) - BTS) - The Elder of the Universe known as the Profiteer devoted her entire life to the acquisition of wealth.

(Empyre Fallout: Fantastic Four#1 (fb) - BTS) - For centuries, the Profiteer provided arms for both the extraterrestrial Kree and their enemies, the Skrulls, for use during the long-lasting Kree/Skrull War. Profiting off the fighting, the Profiteer helped escalate the deadliest arms race in the known universe. At some point, the Profiteer brokered a deal with Kree Colonel Kal-Torr and Skrull General J'Bahzz to conscript the two races' living chronicles, Jo-Venn and N'Kalla, into her service so that they could be raised together fighting one another.

(Empyre: Fantastic Four#0 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, the Profiteer took over ownership of the cosmic Casino Cosmico from her brother, the Grandmaster. From the Casino, the Profiteer began regular re-enactments of the Kree/Skrull War using Jo-Venn and N'Kalla and profiting from wagers placed on the battles.

(Empyre: Fantastic Four#0) - The Profiteer welcomed numerous aliens to her Casino Cosmico to place bets on a Kree/Skrull War re-enactment in the form of wagering the outcome of a gladiatorial battle between the Kree Jo-Venn and Skrull N'Kalla. Once she introduced her patrons to the challengers, the Profiteer asked them to choose the battlefield and the wagerers chose the Lava Wastes of Lorkanna Six. Finding the location interesting, the Profiteer informed her patrons that the location historically favored the Skrulls but wondered aloud if the fates would favor the Kree this time. She then asked the patrons to place their bets as the battle began. When the Kree quickly defeated the Skrull, forcing N'Kalla into life-sustaining stasis, the Profiteer summoned her Medi-Bot and asked how long it would take to have N'Kalla patched up. Learning that it would take two or three hours, a disappointed Profiteer thanked her patrons for their wagers and informed them that the next fight would be in three hours, promising that, at Casino Cosmico, the Kree/Skrull War never ended. Later visiting the medical bay, the Profiteer checked on her combatants and was informed that Jo-Venn's injuries were worse than initially thought. Asking about N'Kalla's throats, the Profiteer admitted that she didn't want N'Kalla to have an obvious weak spot and the Medi-Bots replied their understanding of her orders. When the Profiteer explained how her gladiatorial fights had to continue or her clients would grow bored, her assistant Werman suggested postponing the next fight to give Jo-Venn and N'Kalla time to recuperate, much as Grandmaster would do. The angry Profiteer sternly reminded Werman that the Grandmaster was no longer the owner and that to him, the Casino Cosmico was nothing more than a game, and that it was a lucrative business for her. The Profiteer then asked who was on the title card for that night's fight.

Later that night, the Profiteer announced another fight between Jo-Venn and N'Kalla as a Kree/Skrull War re-enactment, unaware that the Fantastic Four were in the Casino Cosmico, having been towed there when their ship had trouble. During the fight, the Thing realized Jo-Venn and N'Kalla were nothing more than children and leapt into the arena to stop the fight. The Profiteer refused to have interference in her battle and decided to change the parameters of the fight for her profit, announcing the Thing and Human Torch as surprise guest combatants. While the Thing insisted that the Profiteer could not profit off of his name, as he owned the trademark, Mister Fantastic confronted the Profiteer personally, asking if she was responsible for the collapse of the cosmic economy. Claiming that she was actually keeping the economy going, the Profiteer proclaimed that she had to keep the Kree/Skrull War going as the fights were the "gold standard" of the universe, contributing to the rebuilding of extraterrestrial infrastructures, scientific and medical advancements, and weaponry. The Profiteer then summoned some of her henchmen to attack Mister Fantastic, remarking on how Mister Fantastic would be shown the advances in weaponry. Announcing that she took the Fantastic Four's interference in her business very personally, the Profiteer admitted to forcing the Kree and Skrull children to fight one another in hopes of causing the recent Kree/Skrull alliance to fail. When Werman interrupted by electronically communicating with the Profiteer, Mister Fantastic took advantage of the distraction to swat the Profiteer aside. He then used her control console to reprogram the battlefield to resemble the Blue Area of the Moon and Thing and Human Torch, allowed themselves to be defeated by Jo-Vann and N'Kalla together, forcing them into an alliance. The Profiteer then took Mister Fantastic captive and announced her plans to continue using Jo-Venn and N'Kalla in fights but Thing and Human Torch confronted her as well. The Profiteer assured the heroes they would not her leave the Casino Cosmico alive, only to learn that Franklin and Valeria Richards had broke the bank gambling and now pretty much owned the Casino. Invisible Woman then had Franklin and Valeria offer to return the Casino to the Profiteer in exchange for freeing Jo-Venn and N'Kalla and filling the Fantastic Four's ship with fuel. The Profiteer reluctantly agreed to the deal and Jo-Venn and N'Kalla promised to someday return to kill the Profiteer.

(Fantastic Four VI#21 - BTS) - When Franklin and Valeria Richards crashed in Earth's Yancy Street while escorting Jo-Venn and N'Kalla to their home, a fight broke out between the two and at one point, Jo-Venn claimed to be a Kree warrior, prompting Valeria to remind Jo-Venn that she had personally freed him from the Profiteer. As Valeria took advantage of Jo-Venn's sense of honor by claiming she was being dishonored by Jo-Venn's behavior, Jo-Venn calmed down and admitted Valeria was right.

(Fantastic Four VI#23 - BTS) - After Jo-Venn and N'Kalla were used by the Cotati to force the Kree/Skrull War animosity into the soldiers of the Kree/Skrull alliance via an Omni-Wave Projector, they used their own individual histories together to remind the alliance of the importance of working together, thereby ending the threat. Following the battle, Jo-Venn and N'Kalla proclaimed themselves in the Richards family's debt for not only freeing them from the Profiteer's pits but also for saving them from each other.

(Empyre Fallout: Fantastic Four#1) - Following the end of the Cotati war on Earth, several Earth heroes questioned the Cotati Celestial Messiah Quoi about his armies' weapons and Mister Fantastic decided to call the Profiteer for assistance in identifying who made the Cotati's weapons. Upon arriving, the Profiteer asked if Jo-Venn and N'Kalla missed her and the two children tensed up, ready to fight her. Mister Fantastic assured the other heroes that the Profiteer was no threat with so many heroes around and the Profiteer then went ahead and looked over the Cotati weapon the heroes had confiscated. Explaining how she had once profited off the Kree/Skrull War, the Profiteer proclaimed that she could place the weapon but her knowledge came at a hefty price. Thor then interrupted, exclaiming that he grew tired of the proceedings and wished to be rid of Quoi and the Cotati. While Thor saw to Quoi's banishment, the Profiteer began looking through the Cotati crates to examine their weaponry.

Later, the heroes met again with the Profiteer, who asked if anyone wanted to wager on what she had learned about the Cotati weapons. Thing suggested she get on with her analysis, prompting the Profiteer to announce that, despite all of her experience with weapons and knowledge as an Elder of the Universe, she had no idea what the weapons were. She then explained that the weapons' power source was something ancient, even older than any of the Elders of the Universe, and decided that her payment for analyzing the weapons would be not only the crystalline batteries that powered the weapons, but also Jo-Venn and N'Kalla. The Avengers and Fantastic Four refused to turn over the children and the Profiteer insisted that the children had been conscripted to her services and the heroes could either return the children or risk battling both the Kree and Skrull Empires over the deal she had long ago brokered. Honorary Avenger and now Emperor of the Kree/Skrull alliance Hulkling grabbed the children's conscription papers from the Profiteer and announced that the only problem was that the Kree and Skrull Empires no longer existed separately. Explaining to the shocked Profiteer that he was the leader of the Kree/Skrull alliance, Hulkling announced that the alliance no longer had need of the Profiteer's services and bid the Profiteer goodbye as she departed at extremely fast speed. The heroes soon departed as well and the Unseen examined the left behind Cotati weapons himself, soon determining that the Profiteer was right about the weapons' power source being extremely ancient.

Comments: Created by Dan Slott, R.B. Silva and Sean Izaakse.

The Profiteer referred to the Grandmaster as her brother but it was not clear if the Grandmaster was her biological brother or if she meant that the Grandmaster was her "brother" in terms of her fellow Elder of the Universe. It wouldn't be the first time the Elders of the Universe have referred to their fellows as non-biological siblings.

This profile was completed 10/16/2020, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Proto-Man.

Profiteer has no known connections to:

images: (without ads)
Empyre: Fantastic Four#0, p1, pan1-3 (Profiteer, main image)
Empyre: Fantastic Four#0, p18, pan2 (Profiteer, headshot)
Empyre: Fantastic Four#0, p23-24, pan1 (Profiteer battling Mr. Fantastic)
Empyre Fallout: Fantastic Four#1, p6, pan1 (Profiteer with a Saurid)

Empyre: Fantastic Four#0 (September, 2020) - Dan Slott (writer), R.B. Silva, Sean Izaakse (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Fantastic Four VI#21 (September, 2020) - Dan Slott (writer), Paco Medina, Sean Izaakse (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Fantastic Four VI#23 (November, 2020) - Dan Slott (writer), Paco Medina (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Empyre Fallout: Fantastic Four#1 (November, 2020) - Dan Slott (writer), Sean Izaakse (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First Posted: 09/29/2021
Last updated: 09/27/2021

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