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"Maybe you're trying too hard. Sometimes, you just have to listen."
―Gilgamesh to Sersi[src]

Gilgamesh was the strongest and kindest member of the community of genetically-engineered Eternals who came to Earth. He was exiled alongside his de-facto partner, Thena due to her suffering Mahd Wy'ry. As a fierce warrior, he was known to be legendary for his fights with the Deviants throughout history.

In 2023, Gilgamesh was living with Thena in Australia when his former teammates recruited them to stop the Emergence and save Earth. Gilgamesh accompanied his teammates to locate Druig, though when the compound came under attack from the Deviants he stayed behind to defend against the attacking monsters in order to protect Thena. Gilgamesh was then overwhelmed and killed by the Deviant Kro.

Biography

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Creation

Gilgamesh was built and programmed by Arishem the Judge, and presumably was sent to multiple planets to protect and help evolve sentient life forms from the Deviants, powering a Celestial seed inside the planet, which would absorb the energy made from the sentient lifeforms. Eventually, the Emergence would occur, destroying the planet in the process. Upon finishing their mission, the Eternals would be sent back to the World Forge to have their memories erased and reset.

Protecting Humans

Arriving on Earth

"We're Eternals. We came here from Olympia seven thousand years ago, to protect humans from the Deviants."
Sersi[src]

The Eternals arrive on Earth in 5000 B.C.

Gilgamesh alongside the rest of the Eternals were sent to Earth on the Domo. Once awoken, the Eternals were provided with suits to wear before arriving at the planet. Gilgamesh, being one of the Eternal's main fighters, landed on Earth first to fight the Deviants. Gilgamesh fought alongside Thena, using their powers together to defeat one of the creatures. When the Deviants attacking the humans were defeated, the Eternals presented themselves to the race they were assigned to protect.[1]

Incorporated into Mythology

Gilgamesh fighting against Enkidu

"Follow Gilgamesh and Enkidu into battle. Be forever inspired by their bravery and strength."
Sprite[src]

Continuing to protect and assist the human population, the Eternals headed to Babylon, Mesopotamia in 575 B.C., where they fought against more Deviants. Gilgamesh ensured that the humans got to safety inside the walls of the Ishtar Gate before taking on an incoming Deviant. When the creature knocked Gilgamesh into the air, he was caught by Makkari as the rest of the Eternals teamed up to finish off the last Deviant, with Gilgamesh landing the final blow.

Gilgamesh enjoying the festivities

After the battle, a celebration was held, where Gilgamesh sat next to Kingo and enjoyed the festivities. Sprite using her illusions to showcase and embellish Gilgamesh's exploits to the Mesopotamians, which resulted in Gilgamesh becoming deified in Ancient Sumerian history and mythology. In 400 A.D., Sersi and Ikaris decided to get married, so the rest of the Eternals attended the ceremony in India. The Eternals also helped fight against Laufey's army in the Battle of Tønsberg, where Gilgamesh was gifted a secret brew recipe from Odin.[1]

Defeating the Deviants

Gilgamesh tries to restrain Thena

"Once the others kill these last Deviants, we will have eliminated them all from the planet."
Phastos[src]

In 1521, the last of the Deviants were located in Tenochtitlan, so the Eternals traveled there to eliminate their foes once and for all, with the fighters of the Eternas splitting up to fight against the creatures. However, this occurred concurrently as the Fall of Tenochtitlan, but as instructed by the Celestials, they were not to interfere with war amongst humans.

Gilgamesh knocks Thena unconscious

When Gilgamesh regrouped with the rest of the Eternals, he discovered that Thena was attacking them, so he tried to restrain her. Gilgamesh told Thena to stop, but she was able to break free from his hold, and then began fighting him, too. Being much stronger, Gilgamesh was able to block her attacks, all while trying to get through to her, but to no avail. Not seeing any other solution, Gilagmesh used his power to knock Thena unconscious.[1]

Exile with Thena

Gilgamesh decides to stay with Thena

"I'll watch over Thena. Let her keep her memories."
"One day when she attacks you, you might have to kill her."
"We will take that chance."
―Gilgamesh and Ajak[src]

The Eternals realized that Thena had suffered from Mahd Wy'ry, a psychological affliction from her vast amount of memories which caused her to forget when she was. Ajak told Thena that she'll have to erase her memories, but Thena did not want to forget, so Gilgamesh offered to watch over her, as she was his partner, and they had formed a close bond. Ajak warned that he might have to kill Thena, but Gilgamesh was willing to take the chance.

Gilgamesh before the Eternals split up

In addition to this, Druig became fed up with not being able to stop human conflicts, and left the Eternals, leading to Ajak declaring that the rest of them were free go their separate ways, as their mission was completed. Ajak told the Eternals that she wanted them all to go out into the world and find something for themselves, no longer being burdened by their duty. Gilgamesh and Thena moved to Australia, where they lived in exile from the human population. Gilgamesh worked on dealing with Thena's Mahd Wy'ry, and even asked Druig to put Thena to sleep so he could take a vacation to Fiji.[1]

Emergence

Reuniting with the Eternals

Gilgamesh is reunited with the Eternals

"There has to be a way Tiamut the Communicator can emerge without destroying the Earth. We just have to delay it until we figure out how."
"Could Druig control its mind? Maybe put it to sleep?"
Sersi and Gilgamesh[src]

In 2023, a Deviant attacked Gilgamesh and Thena, but they managed to kill it. Not long after, Gilgamesh was reunited with Ikaris, Sersi, Sprite, Kingo, and his velet, Karun Patel, who informed them that the Deviants had returned, mentioning the attack in London.

Gilgamesh blocks Thena's attack

Gilgamesh was happy to see his family again, but the mood changed when they told him of Ajak's death. They then walked over to Thena, who had been triggered by the attack, and Gilgamesh told her the other Eternals had arrived, but she had succumbed to Mahd Wy'ry. Gilgamesh attempted to use his method to bring her back, and was assisted by Sprite's illusions, successfully returning her to normal.

Gilgamesh prepares a meal for the Eternals

Having taken to cooking during his time on Earth, Gilgamesh prepared meals for the other Eternals, telling them about a secret brew Odin taught him after they helped defeat Laufey's army in Battle of Tønsberg. When Gilgamesh made a joke about Sprite's drink being for kids, she used her powers to make be dressed as a baby. As they ate, the Eternals joked with each other, with Gilgamesh pointing out how Ajak didn't pick Ikaris to be their leader. Ikaris responded that he was bitter because he couldn't fly, but Gilgamesh said that he was better looking.

Gilgamesh learns about the Emergence

When Sersi left to get some air, Gilgamesh followed her, and told her about Centuri-Six, a planet Thena believed she had lived on that was destroyed. Sersi expressed how she was unable to speak to Arishem, so Gilgamesh suggested listening instead of trying so hard. This advice helped, as Sersi made contact with Arishem, who revealed what his true plans were. Sersi then told the rest of the Eternals, and felt they had to delay Tiamut the Communicator's birth, so Gilgamesh suggested getting Druig to put him it sleep. Ikaris told them that they had to gather the remaining Eternals and then make a decision about the Emergence.[1]

Ambush at Druig's Compound

The Eternals arrive at Druig's compound

"Stay here. Say it."
"Stay."
―Gilgamesh and Thena[src]

The Eternals went to the Amazon Rainforest, the last place they were all together, where Druig had established a community living in seclusion, in aim to gain his assistance. As Sersi filled Druig in on what was happening, Gilgamesh fell asleep, but was awoken by Thena as Druig expressed his disinterest in helping them.

Gilgamesh provides Thena with comfort

As they waited for Druig to think over their proposition, Gilgamesh and Thena sat outside together, where she expressed her disliking to the place. They then talked about their past and Thena's doubts in herself being the same "Goddess of War" she used to be, due to the Mahd Wy'ry, and feared hurting him. Gilgamesh assured Thena that she knew who she was still, and she thanked him for taking care of her, which he stated he would do it all again.

Gilgamesh telling Thena to stay put

Suddenly, the Deviants ambushed the camp, so Gilgamesh rushed to save Ikaris from being attacked by one of them. As Gilgamesh fought Kro, he noticed that Thena had once again succumb to Mahd Wy'ry and was attacking Ikaris, so he quickly knocked away the Deviant and went to help. Gilgamesh was able to bring Thena back to normal, and told her to stay put as he went to assist Ikaris in the fight. Seeing that the Deviants were heading for the camp, Gilgamesh told Ikaris to go, while he stayed to fight Kro.

Gilgamesh has his powers drained by Kro

Gilgamesh was able to land many powerful hits on Kro, but they were soon rendered ineffective as he could heal himself, having stolen Ajak's powers. When Kro noticed Thena, he began heading towards her, so Gilgamesh rushed to save her, but it made him vulnerable, and was subsequently stabbed with several of Kro's tentacles. Gilgamesh desperately tried to beat Kro off of him, but he could not do anything but look at Thena as his powers were stolen, leaving him in a fatal state.

Gilgamesh dies in Thena's arms

Kro then threw Gilgamesh aside, and Thena rushed to his side, while the Deviant began to transform and reveal how he could now access Ajak's memories and knew the truth of the Emergence. As Gilgamesh laid dying, Kro expressed how Arishem the Judge had used them and left them all to die with every Emergence, and then vowed to kill the Eternals for what they had done to his race. Ikaris arrived, so Kro retreated, and in Gilgamesh's final moments, he told Thena to remember what he told her before dying in her arms.[1]

Legacy

"Thena... "Remember.""
"I remember."
Kro and Thena[src]

A funeral was held for Gilgamesh, where they cremated his body, and Thena poured his ashes into the Amazon River. Thena later used Gilgamesh's response to why he chose to protect her to inspire Sersi into taking on the role of being the leader of the Eternals. When Thena faced off against Kro, he attempted to trick her by impersonating Gilgamesh, repeating his final words to her, but she managed to stay in control, and killed the Deviant, avenging the death of her partner.[1]

Personality

"I asked Gilgamesh once why he chose to protect me. He said, "When you love something, you protect it. It is the most natural thing in the world.""
Thena[src]

Though Gilgamesh was physically the strongest in the Eternals, his greatest strength was his kindness. He always cared for his team when they needed him most. Deep inside, Gilgamesh is a loyal friend who would do anything for them, as shown when he died fighting against the Deviants for his friends, the Eternals. His nature has managed to earn the respect from the likes of Odin himself, with the latter giving him a special brew recipe that he continued to use for the future.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Eternal Physiology: By design from the Celestials, Gilgamesh was an Eternal possessing superhuman strength, durability, speed, agility, stamina, reflexes, and healing, numerous times superior than any normal human being, as well as immortality and being able to manipulate cosmic energy to a certain degree.
    • Superhuman Strength:

      Gilgamesh knocks out Thena

      Like all Eternals, Gilgamesh possessed great superhuman strength, numerous times stronger than any normal human being. He was the strongest Eternal of his time, even surpassing Ikaris and Thena. He could punch much larger Deviants away with incredible force, although his power was enhanced by his cosmic energy armor. Upon learning of Ajak's death, he easily folded a frying pan in his hands.
    • Superhuman Durability: Gilgamesh's body was numerous times more resistant to physical and energy damage than any normal human being. When the Eternals gathered in Australia, Gilgamesh was able to remove a hot pan from the oven with his bare hands without showing any sign of discomfort or injury.
    • Superhuman Speed: Gilgamesh could run and move at great superhuman speed, much faster than any normal human being.
    • Superhuman Agility: Gilgamesh naturally possessed far greater agility, equilibrium, flexibility, dexterity, balance, and body coordination than any normal human being.
    • Superhuman Stamina: Gilgamesh advanced musculature was considerably more efficient than any normal human being. As a result, his muscles virtually did not produce fatigue toxins during physical activity. His endurance allowed him to exercise his maximum capacity for a long period of time without tiring at all.
    • Superhuman Reflexes:

      Gilgamesh blocks Thena's attack

      Gilgamesh could react and dodge objects traveling at high speeds, much quicker than any normal human being. He easily blocked Thena attempting to stab him with her cosmic spear.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: Gilgamesh metabolism enabled him to rapidly regenerate damaged bodily tissue with far greater speed and efficiency than any normal human being. However, he could not recover from Kro absorbing his powers.
    • Immortality: As an Eternal, Gilgamesh is genetically able to live forever, without dying due to old age or illnesses.
    • Cosmic Energy Manipulation: By design of the Celestials, all Eternals are genetically capable of using cosmic energy. Each Eternal possesses a unique ability, all derived from the same cosmic power source. Gilgamesh used his cosmic energy to project a powerful exoskeleton around his arms and fists.
      • Energy Exoskeleton:

        Gilgamesh projects cosmic gauntlets

        Gilgamesh is capable of projecting golden, cosmic energy-enhanced exoskeletons to shield his arms and fists, which enhancing his strength and durability in combat.

Abilities

  • Master Combatant:

    Gilgamesh fighting against Enkidu

    Gilgamesh was an extremely skilled and formidable hand-to-hand combatant, with thousands years of training and combat experience, making him one of the most powerful and best fighters in the universe. Gilgamesh was able to fight and kill numerous Deviants throughout the centuries. He was even able to fight evenly against the extremely skilled Thena and successfully defeat her during her episodes of Mahd Wy'ry, being able to block many of her vicious attacks using his exoskeleton shields and then using it to knock her out. He was also the only Eternal confident enough to care for Thena during her episodes of Mahd Wy'ry, knowing that he could adequately defend himself from her murderous attacks.
  • Gifted Intellect: To be added
  • Multilingualism: To be added

Equipment

Weapons

To be added

Other Equipment

  • Celestial Armor: Gilgamesh donned a gold, green armor, equipped on him by the Domo. The armor was durable enough to withstand multiple blows during the fight with the Deviants.

Vehicles

Facilities

  • Gilgamesh's Cabin: To be added

Relationships

Allies

Enemies

Trivia

  • In the comics, Gilgamesh is one of the many identities assumed over the centuries by the Eternal known as the Forgotten One, also known as the Hero, who once joined the rank of the Avengers. He is based on the hero and demigod of the same name, the main protagonist of the Epic of Gilgamesh.

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