: For the former Daredevil villain, See Gladiator (Melvin Potter).
Gladiator is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in X-Men #107 (Oct. 1977) and was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Dave Cockrum.
The character Gladiator is Kallark, a member of the Strontian race, as well as the Praetor (leader) of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, an elite corps of powerful beings that enforce Shi'ar Imperial law on all planets within the Shi'ar Galaxy. Gladiator first appears in The Uncanny X-Men issue 107. The Imperial Guard also protects and carries out the personal directives of the Majestor or Majestrix (emperor or empress) of the Shi’ar Empire. Together with the Imperial Guard, Gladiator battles the X-Men at the command of then-Shi'ar Emperor D'Ken.
Gladiator and the Guard battle the X-Men again when new Shi'ar Empress Lilandra Neramani and Professor Charles Xavier arrange a trial by combat to decide the fate of the insane entity Dark Phoenix. After an appearance in the alternate universe title What If? the character aids the X-Men against several renegade Imperial Guardsmen serving a Shi'ar traitor, Lord Samedar.
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