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|“||Mortals are nothing more than a disease and an unfortunate coincidence, but I will wipe the Macroverse clean of this plague, and from the pile of broken bodies will rise the superior Arachnid race to remind all who is the master of this realm.||„|
|“||"See the Spider's giant belly, he holds all planets within his tummy! He loves to prowl he loves to sneak. He likes you better small and weak. He eats the land and eats the sea, and even eats a child like me."||„|
|~ A poem about Gan which is essentially a dark version of Maturin's poem.|
Gan is the main antagonist of the Disney Cinematic Universe. He is the evil brother of Maturin the Turtle, the leader and father of the Arachnid race and a fallen Guardian of Beam. He is a ruthless, xenophobic, truly evil god, with well over trillions of innocents having suffered at his hands. His main goal is to take over the Macroverse and kill anyone standing in his way. He views humans and mortals in general as pathetic "insects" who "poison the Macroverse" and view them as inferior to immortal beings.
He was voiced by Jeremy Irons.
Gan is motivated solely through his intense hatred of Maturin, as Maturin is the reason Gan fell from power and lost his original, much more powerful, spider-form.
After his defeat at the hands of Maturin, fall from power and being revived by his minions, Gan had a chance to move on and start a new, secluded life, but refused to, assuring that Maturin had to be killed.
Gan took a liking to Judy at first, he saw her as a powerful apprentice who he could use to take over the Macroverse. He constantly stalked her on his magic staff, watching her in combat in amazement. When they met each other, Gan patronized Judy for her skills and offered her a spot in his ranks, but Judy refused as she saw Gan as nothing more than a manipulative monster. Gan than responded by locking Judy and her friends in cells, leaving them to freeze or starve to death.
When Gan attempted to drown Judy in a pool in a destroyed hotel, he admits to not being sure why she did not join him in his forces and is seemingly bothered by her will to do good and unwillingness to do evil.
Powers and abilities
- Godlike Physiology: Gan, due to being created by the unseen, omnipotent being "The One", is a terrifyingly powerful being, of potentially dimension breaking proportions, with Maturin, Jorli and The One being the only known other beings to rival Gan's might. Indeed, the monstrous juggernaut's unparalleled might was able to stand up to the weakened, yet still extremely powerful, Maturin, eventually forcing the turtle's army to assist him, yet even that was insufficient, as Gan's ability to absorb the negative energy of the battlefield and regenerate at a rapid pace made him impossible to be brought down with brute force alone, so while Maturin managed to ultimately bring him down (with the turtle's own lightsaber), he only succeeded by dying himself in the process.
- Ice Manipulation: Gan was born with the magical ability to produce and manipulate ice and snow. He struggled with his abilities to control them at first, but after spending years in the arctic tundra, he eventually mastered them. Gan was capable of freezing the entire planet with just a touch of his claw. He also produced enough snow to make a cover entire mountains. Gan was also able to construct an entire sentient ice army for himself after he took over the Macroverse. Gan can use his powers to perform a wide variety of techniques, such as the rapid creation of ice structures like sheets, spikes, and walls. He can use his magic to propel himself across an icy surface. Gan also displayed the ability create snow creatures and imbue them with life, enabling them to move of their own accord. This ability can manifest itself consciously, as was the case with his ice army. Gan's powers extend to the manipulation of winter weather, as he was able to generate a blizzard with powerful gusts of wind powerful enough to freeze one's skin. When Gan's magic struck people, it passes through the heart with magic and started a process that would end with her the victims becoming an ice statue, causing either instant or slow death. Gan's was also extremely cold, as it caused J'ips hand to frost over prior to impact, even when Gan was in disguise and can drop a room's temperature drastically. Gan also is clearly not bothered by the cold, preferring most of his homes be in icy mountains and caves; he was seen casually living in his snow-filled mountains without exhibiting any signs of discomfort. And when Gan is seen talking to another being in a cold climate, only the other's breath was seen condensing, a further indication of Gan's affinity to the cold.
- The Deadlights: Gan's signature ability is produce a blinding light called the Deadlights. While the deadlights do not affect omnipotent, god-like begins, any mortal who comes face to face with the deadlights is driven instantly insane, hypnotized, catatonic, or dead. The only known person to face the deadlights, survive, and regain her sanity is Sylveon.
- Force powers:: Gan possess many (mainly dark) force abilities and is one of the most power force users of all time.
- Telekinesis: Gan can use this through the Force to put his mind literally over matter, capable of blasting opponents, shielding himself or disarming people, its limits are only those of the creativity that Force User has. Gan has demonstrated considerable prowess with the power, even pulling stars out of the sky.
- Force push: Gan utilized Force push to send his opponents flying through the air, causing them serious injury or temporarily incapacitating them/knocked them unconscious.
- Force pull: Gan utilized Force pull to pull his opponents or objects towards him.
- Force choke: Gan utilized Force choke to either weaken, kill or intimidate his opponents or even his own henchmen.
- Force Throw: Gan utilized Force Throw to cause objects, and even individuals, to be hurled toward a target at an astounding velocity.
- Mind trick: Gan utilized Mind trick to control the minds of other sentient beings, however, it did not work on individuals who have very strong wills.
- Force vision: Gan utilized Force vision, to have visions of the past, the present and the future; however, like all Force-users, his visions were not always clear or sometimes has visions even when he was not utilizing this power at will.
- Force sense: Gan utilized Force sense to sense another sentient being's emotions, the future, ripples in the Force caused by momentous or traumatic events, impending danger and the presence of the Light side. However, in The End, for unknown reasons, he was unable to sense the presence of Maturin, who recoverd from the Dark-matter explosion.
- Force lightning: Gan possesses this offensive Force technique that uses Force energy to produce electricity with one or two hands that stream outwards from the fingertips, its speed is usually great enough to catch an opponent off-guard even when prepared, and can be used either in bursts, or simply torrent out in an a gush of agony on its victim. Gan has shown the ability to use this tell-tale ability of the Dark Side countless times against his opponents, enemies, and even his followers. Has shown the ability to easily cause micro-fractures in bones of his victim's body and vaporize flesh on contact to the point of incineration.Hence, when Maturin tried meeting Gan's force lightning with his heat vision, the spider's much thicker lightning was able to overpower Maturin's relatively quickly, promptly sending Maturin flying backwards.
- Force jump: Gan utilized Force jump to jump or leap at great distances.
- Force Dash: Gan used Force Dash to move at sub-sonic speeds.
- Force Storm: Gan uses a volatile dark side Force power capable of creating hyperspace wormholes that were able to displace objects across vast distances and tear apart the surfaces of entire planets. Storms were incredibly difficult to control once unleashed and required mastery in many different Force disciplines. While he possessed knowledge of the technique before his death, it was only after killing Aslan and taking control of the Macroverse did that Gan exhibited control of it. A long forgotten and highly prized, if ancient Sith technique of insane power. Gan recovered it when restored to his youthful, new human body in the events of "The fall of Gan" by channeling his anger and rage into a single-point in time-space. This causes a hyperspace wormhole to manifest itself, which he can use to teleport beings across the galaxy or ravage entire planetary surfaces or raze even fleets of city-size warships.
- Force Stealth: Gan uses Force Stealth to mask their Force alignment (Light or Dark), their ability to use the Force or even their entire presence from other Force-sensitives.
- Force Barrier: Gan can create a defensive Force power that creates a barrier or wall of Force energy around the intended target, be himself, friend, or foe. Depending on the strength Gan has at the time, the barrier could only withstand a few powerful attacks from godlike creatures before collapsing.
- Shape-Shifting: Gan can immediately transform himself to any kind of being, taking the frightful image directly from the victim's mind, regardless of the size or nature of the mental image. Gan took the form of a giant plastic statue, several small life entities - flying leeches. Between shapeshifting, Gan is an orange amorphous goo. With the assistance of Polyjuice Potion, Gan can change into virtually any form he desires, from a giant dragon to a small insect, or even a beautiful woman.
- Godlike Strengh: Gan has a tremendous level of superhuman strength, virtually incalculable, with Maturin being the only Guardian to surpass him in terms of brute strength. Thus, Gan is strong enough to shave planets and cause earthquakes with his tremendous punches and held his own against the combined tremendous might of both Maturin and his army, sending them flying with his blows, and to actually harm Maturin without the need of Utonium, managing to swiftly pierce the latter's otherwise invulnerable chest with his tremendously hard and sharp bony spider-legs.
- Life Drain: Gan can use Life Drain to the life from his opponents, vegetation or even planets and universes and adds it to his own power. He most famously demonstrates this power by using it continuously on the entire population of Deus.
- Incredible Speed: Gan, while not quite as fast as Maturin, move at incredible speeds, being able to swiftly avoid Maturin's eye lasers during their first battle in a volcano
- Bone Manipulation: Gan was able to manipulate the bones of mortal beings to forcefully make them do his bidding. He can only do this, however, to beings who are weak-willed.
- Energy Absorption: Gan's cells, like those of any Guardian, are capable of absorbing energy, for both sustenance and enhancement, with Hira remarking that the monster feeds on it. Gan relies on negative energy for power (fear, hatred, confusion, hopelessness, etc.), as the more negative energy there is, the stronger Gan becomes. Having absorbed a considerable amount of energy, Gan was able to contend with a weakened, yet still extremely powerful Maturin, slowly overwhelming him during their epic battle.
- Dark-Matter Production: Gan was able to create dark-matter capable of poisoning a planet or solar system and was able to make dark-matter supernovas capable of swallowing an entire solar system.
- Dark Aura: While not useful in battle, Gan possesses a dark aura that Judy Hopps stated made her feel sick, cold and dizzy. It is also capable of destroying plant life and causing snow to fall to the point of blizzards developing.
- Immunity: Gan is virtually invulnerable, even more so than Maturin at his full power. Thus, the spider was unscathed by the intense firepower of the Gagan army's poison arrows, rockets and bombs, numerous tremendous blows from Maturin and his army, and even quickly recovered after taking the full force of a planet exploding. Due to his adaptive evolution, the planet's blast, fall, and mighty blows from Maturin only made Gan stronger and more durable than before.
- Spider-Legs: Gan's spider-legs, hidden beneath his back, are virtually indestructible and tremendously sharp, to the point that the monster was able to use his right protrusion to stab right through the otherwise invulnerable chest of Maturin, which mortally wounded him.
- Immortality: A significant aspect in the series is that Gan is ageless and immortal. He requires no sustenance, and cannot be harmed by mortal methods. Only the power of mystical sources like force powers, Maturin's lightsaber, or divine entities are capable of hurting him and bring about his destruction. He also can bestow this ability as a curse as he once did to the Warrior so that he will be imprisoned for eternity and unable to join his fallen comrades in Valhalla.
- Healing Factor: Gan has an extremely effective healing factor, making him incredibly hard to defeat, even for the most powerful of opponents. Hence, when somewhat injured by Maturin's blows, and a planet exploding, Gan recovered and heals almost instantly, and grows a huge bony protrusion right after his arm is chopped off by Hira. Whenever injured, Gan's healing wounds are instantly enveloped in an orange superheated glow, which vanishes after he is healed, mere seconds later.
- Limitless Appetite: Gan can eat ridiculously huge objects from monsters to stars to even planets and still never be satisfied.
- Heat Vision: Gan can generate tremendous, red, superheated torrents from his eyes and mouth, which are far larger and more destructive than even Maturin's blue heat vision, with a single thermal blast being enough to completely destroy a building in half. Only beings of tremendous power, like other Guardians can survive a thermal blast from Gan head-on.
- Nercomancy: Gan has the ability to resurrect long dead beings and bend them to his will.
- Premonitions: Gan has been shown to be able to receive premonitions regarding his future through his dreams, which he can then act upon.
- Illusions: Gan can create many different illusions, which are realistic enough to harm his victims. These illusions include souls floating against the wind, moving photographs, blood gushing, small but shocking entities such as a cricket, a mutant fly, teeth, and an eyeball, different noises and music (including human speech), and various smells (popcorn, cotton candy, rotting). The partial invisibility fully applies on all of these illusions, as only the chosen victims can actually see and sense them. After a short period of time, or when the victim actually sees through the illusion, these illusions will cease to exist. It is imperative, however, to see through the illusion perfectly. Another illusion created by Gan is the huge interior of a house in a building.
Gan is the fourth strongest Guardian in existence, and was able to surpass most of his much more experienced brothers, but he still has a few glaring weaknesses that can be exploited.
- Cold Aura: Due to spending most of his life in incredibly cold climates, Gan's presence is limited to his cold body temperature and will make any atmosphere he enters instantly cold. While not particularly problematic with regard to combat, this can make disguising himself very difficult (though he has still fooled other people numerous times with his disguises).
- Force powers: Like any other Guardian, Gan can be harmed by experienced force users. When Brian Griffin attacked Gan with force lightning in his weakened form, Gan roared in agonizing pain and was downed for a few seconds.
- Maturin's Lightsaber: Gan also has a weakness to Maturin's divine lightsaber. Unlike other lightabers, which harmlessly bounce off Gan's skin on contact, Maturin's lightsaber is perfectly capable of slicing their Gan's skin with little effort. Gan was killed when Maturin thrusted his lightsaber through Gan's heart.
- Beings of equal power: Gan can be easily harmed by godlike beings like himself. It is the reason Gan refuses to fight Maturin unless Maturin is de-powered in some way.
- Tier: High 2-A| 7-A to 4-A at his peak
- Age: Around a billion years old (
- Attack Potency: Multiverse level+ (is stated to be stronger than Jor'li, who destroyed 4 multiverses at once)| Mountain Level environmental damage (caused an entire blizzard that spread across the North Mountain) to Multi-Solar System Level (his dark matter bomb blew up multiple solar systems once it went off)
- Speed: Massively FTL+ (Was able to keep up with Maturin) | Supersonic+ | Likely Relativistic+ (grabbed Maturin while he was at lightspeed)
- Lifting Strength: Galactic (held a galaxy on his claw) | Mountain Level+ (comparable to a weakened Maturin)
- Striking Strength: Multiversal+ (was able to hurt Maturin) | Unknown | Mountain Level+ (his punches were strong enough to damage Maturin's already damaged shell and caused him to cough up blood)
- Durability: High Hyperversal (survived a beating from Maturin with little damage) | Unknown | At least Mountain Level+, likely far higher
- Stamina: Limitless | Very high at his peak
- Standard Equipment: A cane that enables him to see nearly everything
- Intelligence: Nigh-Omniscient in all forms
- Weaknesses: Maturin's lightsabers, divine power, over-confidence, constantly underestimates mortals, his own paranoia
- Killed fellow Guardians Aslan and (weakened) Maturin.
- Destroyed multiple galaxies with ease.
- Balanced an entire galaxy on his claw.
- Survived a beating from a fully-trained and angered Maturin.
- Fought off a weakened, but still powerful, Maturin.
- Slaughtered an entire room full of fully armed and trained ZPD officers in his weakened state.
- Outsmarted Maturin and Judy Hopps.
- Destroyed multiple solar systems with a dark matter bomb.
- Fought Maturin's Army all at once with ease.
|“||So fate has arrived. Many years have gone since that day. And now, Turtle of the Macroverse, you will pain for my pain in the past with your pain in the future.||„|
|“||I promised you, didn't I? To show you a nightmare beyond the horrors of Hell? It's a shame because I hoped to show all of you, but it seems the little mortals won't be joining us. (Chuckles) Such a shame, don't you think? When you see him in Hell I suppose you'll have to tell them what they missed.||„|
|~ Gan after blowing up the Rainforest District in front of Judy Hopps and her friends|
|“||Mortals are nothing more than a disease and an unfortunate coincidence.||„|
|~ Gan displaying his racism towards mortals.|
|“||Maturin.. You have fought valiantly, but in vain. I do not wish this. Every drop of blood spilled is a terrible waste. I therefor command my forces to temporarily retreat. In their absence, dispose of your dead with dignity. Maturin, I now speak directly to you. On this night, you have allowed your friends to die for you rather than face me yourself. There is no greater dishonor. Join me in the North Mountains at the castle of Helm and confront your fate. If you do not do this, I shall kill every last man, woman and child who tries to hide you from me.||„|
|~ Gan sending a telepathic threat to Maturin as well as the entire world, also setting a trap for him.|
|“||They never learn. Such a pity.||„|
|~ Gan before unleashing his army on Zootopia and starting the Battle of Zootopia|
|“||The only matter I do not take seriously, boy, is you. I shall honor our agreement, half my army, if you destroy Zootopia and Quahog. But return to me again empty handed... And I will bathe the hallways in your blood.||„|
|~ Gan threatening Jirnor|
|“||I HATE YOU!||„|
|~ Gan to Maturin before being burned alive|
|“||You will drown in a river of blood. You will quiver in the shadow of the Arachnids. Judgement Day is upon you. The Apocalypse is NIGH!||„|
|~ Gan's written threat to Earth.|
|“||Kill them all.||„|
|~ Gan allowing Randall Flagg and the Arachnids to devour the innocent villagers of the North Mountain.|
- He seems to be based off of the Crimson King from the Stephen King mythos, and seems to be the same species as Pennywise/IT.
- Gan has devoured over 500 nonillion inhabitants in the Macroverse.
- He has over 700 septillion children spread across the Macroverse.
- Gan has a cameo in Zootopia where he can be seen being defeated by the Guardians on a mural in the Naturalist Club.
- Originally, Gan was a dark overlord from the beginning and was never a Guardian in the first place.
- The only thing Gan is afraid of is his own corpse and Maturin.
- Gan used to be afraid of lightning.
- Gan was originally supposed to be an ape but was scrapped for looking "too human."
- Concept art reveals Gan actually did watch the creation of Tatoonie in hatred.
- It is unknown where Gan's lightsaber is currently held, as he is never seen using one but it is stated he has one.
- According to the novel "Maturin's Journey", it is revealed Gan once lead an army that he eventually fed to his Arachnids.
- Gan owns a staff that he uses to watch Maturin.
- At his strongest, Gan is the fourth most powerful character in the series (just behind Jorli, then Maturin and finally The One) and the strongest villain in the series.
- Despite being the main protagonist and main antagonist respectively, Judy and Gan never meet each until The Return to Gan's Castle.
- Gan's behavior strongly suggests he is a sadomasochist.
- When Aslan sees his reflection through the windows of his palace, he sees it from the right panel, and can clearly see other people outside, showing care and concern for them. But when Gan does the same thing, he sees it from the left panel instead, and sees only his own face, since he cares about only himself and not others.
- According to the audio commentary, Gan living in cold and harsh climates while Aslan and Maturin are in the sunlight is symbolic of Gan being evil, as cold represents danger in the DCNACU.
- In every movie Gan is physically present in, a major character dies.
- In Maturin, Aslan is killed by Gan himself.
- In The Battle of Earth, Vinny and Jirnor are killed by Jirnor and Brian respectively.
- In Return to Gan's Castle, Xel is killed by Randall Flagg.
- In Return of the Gods, Maturin and Gan himself are killed.