—Glacius' ruminations in Shadow Lords
Glacius is an extraterrestrial entity and a signature character of the Killer Instinct series, having been playable in every installment of the franchise to date. A member of an alien species renowned for their potent telekinetic abilities, Glacius was left stranded on Earth and becomes entangled with humanity's affairs after Ultratech manages to steal advanced technology from his crashed vessel.
In Killer Instinct (1994), Glacius was taken captive by Ultratech and forced to fight for his freedom. In Killer Instinct (2013), he's an interstellar warden who has come to retrieve alien technologies which the human race is not deemed ready to peruse. But when Earth comes under assault by the forces of Gargos, Glacius opts to stand with the juvenile species, and attempts to ensure its survival amidst the demonic onslaught.
Of a fairly large stature, the original Glacius also has a bit of a heavier weight for his physique, most likely due to the high density of ice and water that makes up his body. His entire body has ranges of blue and silver. His arms are a light blue and also glow, and his legs are a darker blue than the rest of his body. His torso and head are silver and white. He has no ears, and his eyes are a dark blue with a black ring around them. No mouth or nose can be readily discerned, but upon closer inspection, it seems as if the white ice around his face could be a type of mask. If not, it is still possible that he has a mouth under the icicles on the front of his face.
In Killer Instinct 2, although the Glacius featured is a different member of the original's species, his appearance has only minor changes. More of his dark blue skin can be seen from under the white ice, and his eyes are in more of a glare than a blank stare. He seems to be a bit larger than his previous form, and instead of having five fingers, he now has three, and his feet also have three appendages instead of coming to a boot tip.
In Killer Instinct (2013), Glacius has undergone a dramatic change in physical appearance. While still humanoid, his body is much more alien-like in appearance, with his limbs being thinner and his head now longer, shaped with mandibles. His inner body is wiry and almost insectoid, but it is coated in a thick layer of ice that resembles the muscle mass of a human being. He also lacks the smooth surface he had from the original game and instead has jagged, ice-like crystals emerging from various points along his body. He now has four fingers (two fingers and two thumbs) on each hand and only two toes on each foot. He retains his green eyes from KI2/Gold, although they look much more reptilian in nature.
Glacius' retro costume closely mirrors his appearance from Killer Instinct 2, although he still has four fingers and two toes from his default KI 2013 appearance.
— Glacius' story mode description
Glacius is a valiant and powerful alien entity which functions as a galactic marshal, upholding the tenets of universal justice across entire worlds. His mission on Earth was initially to recover the hazardous technology that had been taken from his vessel by Ultratech, but after its successful retrieval he remains on the planet to assist the young human race in its desperate struggle for survival against the demon warlord Gargos.
As soon as Glacius assesses the situation on Earth to determine the cause of the dark events unfolding there and identify the culprits responsible, he notes Ultratech’s exploitation of that world; especially Project Cinder, which used his DNA to create a dangerous force that spat in the face of Glacius' entire species. The trail of evidence leads him to conclude that humanity no longer is in control of its own destiny, but is subjected to an artificial superintelligence which Ultratech reverse engineered from the stolen technologies of his race's own ships...
Glacius' "body" consists almost entirely of ice and water, or a strange state in between them unknown to Earth sciences, as he's capable of morphing into radically different shapes and sizes by using an ability akin to cryokinesis. This includes the ability to liquidize himself into a puddle to move quickly across any surface or become virtually impervious to harm, and morphing his tactile organs into powerful make-shift weaponry. He has also been observed to form massive spiked balls of hail from the surrounding moisture in the air.
In Killer Instinct (2013), it is revealed that Glacius is a member of an alien species of powerful telepaths who can adapt to any environment (lava, earth, metal, water, ice, etc.) by bending the molecular structure of the elements to their will; thereby encasing themselves in a wide variety of protective shells (akin to a thick layer of body armor) taken directly from their surroundings. This trait renders Glacius the perfect survivalist as well as a uniquely potent living weapon; well-suited for the tasks of an interstellar law enforcer.
Killer Instinct (1994)
Glacius is an alien being from a distant planet. When his spaceship crash landed on Earth, he was captured by Ultratech. Hoping to prove these alien beings to be inferior, Ultratech forces him to fight for his life in the Killer Instinct tournament.
Wandering the galaxy in search of new life, a curious Glacius skims too close to the Earth and, sucked in by its gravitational field, crashlands deep in the heart of a snow-bound mountain range. Groggy but counting himself lucky to be alive, he surveys the damage and sets out in the hope of finding the parts he needs. The history books of Glacius' race warn of the humans' unreasoning brutality, but surely they exaggerate? Unfortunately, the alien will soon have time to regret his trusting nature when Ultratech capture him for use in their own unique brand of 'scientific research'.
After escaping from the grasp of Ultratech, Glacius finally returns to the site of his crashed spaceship. With the advanced technology present at Ultratech, Glacius takes the materials he needs and repairs his damaged ship. With memories of the evil he faced there fading slowly, Glacius begins the long and arduous trip back to his homeworld.
Killer Instinct 2
Two Millennia from now a captured relative earns freedom by slaying a fire being and escaping home. But now in the past a distress call has been answered. Glacius must free his stranded kin.
The ordeals of this alien ambassador explain why his race made a point of avoiding contact with us until his descendant was forced to crash-land on our world 2000 years later. Sent to Earth by his race in search of a scout party long since lost, Glacius soon found himself imprisoned by the surviving followers of Gargos. In the chaos caused by the arrival of warriors from the far future and their demonic foe, he seizes the opportunity to escape his captors and battle his way to freedom.
Kill Sabrewulf and expose the well on Sabrewulf's stage: With Gargos defeated, Glacius starts the long search for his lost comrades. Returning to a well hidden place previously discovered, Glacius is reunited with the captured members of his race. Freeing his captured comrades, Glacius leads them back to his ship, and onto their homeworld. The rescue mission has been a total success.
Don't kill Sabrewulf and expose the well on Sabrewulf's stage: With Gargos defeated, Glacius starts the long search for his lost comrades. Returning to a well hidden place previously discovered, Glacius is reunited with the captured members of his race. But he has been careless, a spared enemy has tracked him with only revenge in mind. His joy at finding his comrades is short lived.
Don't kill Sabrewulf but do not expose the well on Sabrewulf's stage: With Gargos defeated, Glacius starts the long search for his lost comrades. Although victorious, Glacius still has no idea where his captured friends are. Frustrated, he resigns himself to a long trip home alone... But the plight of Sabrewulf prompts Glacius to help him find a cure - and in return, the werewolf agrees to help find his captured friends.
Kill Sabrewulf but do not expose the well on Sabrewulf's stage: With Gargos defeated, Glacius starts the long search for his lost comrades. Although victorious, Glacius still has no idea where his captured friends are. Frustrated, he resigns himself to a long trip home alone... The consolation that he himself has survived is not enough. Leaving Earth, the victory is hollow. His mission is a failure and his people remain lost.
- Main article: Spaceship
Killer Instinct (2013)
Honor-driven Glacius has returned to Earth as protector against misuse of technology he was forced to leave behind after his last journey. Finding his ship’s power core stolen, Glacius is determined to locate the thief and undo any damage caused by his abandoned tech.
The Ice-man Cometh:
- Main article: The Ice-man Cometh
Spare Sadira, ULTRA Fulgore:
Glacius has defeated all who have come into contact with his technology, removing any evidence of his presence. Ever vigilant, the alien continues on his journey, knowing the influence of his lost technology continues to spread, and determined to repair the damage at all costs.
Spare Fulgore, ULTRA Sadira:
As Sadira collapses in defeat, she sends a signal to activate Glacius' lost power core. Paired with an Ultratech device, the searing energy of the core opens a dimensional rift. Through ragged breathes, Sadira murmurs the words, "My mission is complete. The path is open."
ULTRA Both Sadira and Fulgore:
Convinced of the danger posed by Earth's inhabitants, Glacius evacuates the planet. He triggers a self-destruct signal to the lost tech, setting off an explosion that decimates the earth. In his hearts, Glacius knows he made the only possible decision.
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- Main article: Crash Site
During an Ultra Combo, the crashed spaceship begins to start up, causing the snow to be blown heavily from the spaceship.
Killer Instinct "Dynamite" Comics (2017)
- In Killer Instinct (2013), Glacius's black alternate color scheme matches that of Todd McFarlane's Spawn, complete with white splotches around his green eyes.
- Interestingly, in Season 1 of Killer Instinct (2013) Glacius could dash just like any character in the game, albeit very slowly and not very far. His ability to dash was removed in Season 2 due to the uselessness of the move, but was then returned in Season 3 by popular demand of fans.
- Glacius' 2013 story has a connection to the Roswell UFO Incident in 1947.
- Glacius' character page at the official Killer Instinct website
- Glacius' gameplay profile at Infil's The Complete Killer Instinct Guide
- Killer Instinct Season 1 - Glacius Trailer - Glacius' official reveal for Season One
|Killer Instinct (1994) Characters|
|Playable||Jago ·Black Orchid ·TJ Combo ·Glacius ·Chief Thunder ·Sabrewulf ·Spinal ·Cinder ·Riptor ·Fulgore|
|Killer Instinct 2/Gold Characters|
|Playable||Jago ·Black Orchid ·TJ Combo ·Glacius ·Sabrewulf ·Spinal ·Fulgore ·Maya ·Kim Wu ·Tusk|
|Killer Instinct (2013) Characters|
|Season 1||Jago ·Sabrewulf ·Glacius ·Thunder ·Sadira ·Orchid ·Spinal ·Fulgore ·Shadow Jago|
|Season 2||TJ Combo ·Maya ·Kan-Ra ·Riptor ·Omen ·Aganos ·Hisako ·Cinder ·ARIA|
|Season 3||Kim Wu ·Tusk ·Arbiter ·Rash ·Mira ·Gargos ·General RAAM ·Eyedol|
|Season 3+||Kilgore ·Shin Hisako ·Eagle|