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|“||What's the matter, Ben? Aren't you glad to see me? Haven't you learned by now that nothing can stop me?!||”|
Zs'Skayr (pronounced "Zuh Scare"), also known as Ghostfreak, was the Ectonurite High Ecto-Lord of Anur Phaetos and Anur Transyl in the Anur System. He was originally stuck in the form of Ghostfreak, as a separate personality that would influence Ghostfreak's actions. Over time, he managed to gain enough control over the form that he could escape from the Omnitrix, becoming one of Ben Tennyson's most dangerous enemies.
In the original series, Zs'Skayr had a ghost-like body. It was gray-purple and had black lines running across his chest. His head resembled a grey-brown skull turned upside-down, which had uneven teeth, black lips, and one purple eye. He had long black nails, and there were some tears in his skin, revealing black and white striped tentacles underneath. He could also become smoke-like by deforming his bodily shape into wisps of grey, somewhat transparent flames.
Just after escaping the Omnitrix, Zs'Skayr looked exactly like 10-year old Ghostfreak. This included the original Omnitrix symbol peeking out of his skin on his lower left chest too, which was not present on his true form.
In Alien Force, Zs'Skayr's body was purple/blue and he had whitish-grey nails. His spine was sticking out of his back, his tail was fully exposed with white black stripes and he had spikes on his elbows with whiter, less sharp rows of teeth.
In Omniverse, Zs'Skayr has turned his head right-side up. He now has two eyes, one on his head and one on his chest, and his skin is now modified to look like the hood and cloak of a stereotypical Grim Reaper, complete with a scythe. The facet joints on his back are larger and more curved, the skin on his arms now hangs down, much like sleeves, and his teeth now look more like human incisors than fangs.
Zs'Skayr has a twisted, arrogant, power-hungry and sadistic personality. Anyone whom he considers as worthless is either tormented for his amusement or is manipulated and later destroyed once their usefulness has ended.
Zs'Skayr is shown to be a careful and brilliant master planner, able to come up with highly resourceful, cunning and complex schemes and plans, through which he aims to gain immense power for himself and domination over entire worlds. Good examples of Zs'Skayr's ingenuity include his master plan to turn the Earth into a Corrodium-cloaked world of darkness for him to rule over, his resurrection by Viktor and his scheme to drain the Alpha Rune with the purpose of resurrecting the Vladats and regaining his title as High Ecto-Lord.
While Zs'Skayr tends to do most of the work by himself, he does usually recruit residents of the Anur System (such as Viktor, Kuphulu, Crüjo, and Lord Transyl) and other villains. Zs'Skayr's minions are not much more of an exception to his cruelty than his enemies. He has been known to quickly and almost happily resort to violent shows of power and intimidation (often via his possession ability) against other villains to cow them into allying with him when they are uncooperative. He also shows little respect for his minions, and tends towards flashes of abuse and threats when they do not obey him without question.
Zs'Skayr is highly vindictive and vengeful, a side of him which is especially heightened through his vicious and bloodthirsty personality. His obsession with possessing Ben, besides becoming whole through access to the Omnitrix, is rooted in his spite over his original entrapment in the Omnitrix and his desire to make Ben feel the same way. After being fought off by Vilgax, Zs'Skayr went as far as invading Vilgaxia and turning its people into his Ectonurite slaves.
By human standards, Zs'Skayr can be described as matching the textbook definition of a psychopath, with notable traits being his obsessive behavior, his lack of remorse, his immense sadism, and his enjoyment of the suffering of others.
The original Zs'Skayr was once the High Ecto-Lord of Anur Phaetos. He learned about the Omnitrix from the data files of one of Vilgax's data probes, which crash-landed on his planet.[pop-up 1] He left his planet using the probe and searched the galaxy by possessing many beings.[pop-up 2] Not long afterward, he encountered Myaxx while she was collecting samples with the Omnitrix on Flors Verdance.[pop-up 3]
Zs'Skayr possessed the Florauna that was being sampled, thereby adding Ectonurite DNA to the Omnitrix as well as Florauna DNA.[pop-up 4] Since an Ectonurite's consciousness exists even in a single strand of DNA, Zs'Skayr had effectively copied himself into the device. However, his personality remained dormant within the Omnitrix's DNA database for a long time. It is unknown what happened to Zs'Skayr's original form, although it is likely that either he died or his consciousness was transported inside the clone body.
Zs'Skayr's mind continued to lie dormant in the Omnitrix when it fell into Ben's possession, with his DNA allowing the young boy to transform into a form dubbed "Ghostfreak". Since adjusting to the Omnitrix was so difficult, Zs'Skayr couldn't take control right away.[pop-up 5] However, one time when Ben used Ghostfreak to sneak into a horror movie, he took control and contacted Viktor with his plans.[pop-up 6]
Zs'Skayr first appeared in Ghostfreaked Out, where he finally managed to force his way out of the Omnitrix after taking control of Ghostfreak during a battle with the Circus Freak Trio. After revealing his true form to Ben by ripping off his protective skin, he tried to take over Ben's body in order to use his human DNA to become whole again. This was because as Ben was the first being to wear the Omnitrix since Zs'Skayr entered it.[pop-up 7]
Unfortunately, destroying his protective skin was a mistake, as his weakness against sunlight thwarted his attempt to possess Ben. After possessing a student at Bancroft Academy, Zs'Skayr found the Circus Freaks and coerced them to help him by taking over Thumbskull and tossing him about like a ragdoll in the room they were hiding in. He was defeated when he was exposed to sunlight by Ben, causing him to burst into flames. Following this experience, Ben was unable (and unwilling) to turn into Ghostfreak ever again.
In Be Afraid of the Dark, Zs'Skayr carries out his ultimate goal was to plunge the Earth into total darkness for him to control while mantaining his intentions of gaining control of the Omnitrix. Using Corrodium retrieved by the Mummy and projectors built by the Werewolf, Zs'Skayr and Victor fired a Corrodium beam to block out all sunlight on the planet, allowing Zs'Skayr to exist in eternal darkness.
While fighting Ben as Frankenstrike, Zs'Skayr dragged him to outside the control satellite and morphed into his complete form due to being in "the darkness of space". He even expressed eagerness in seeing Ben time out and "implode in the vaccum of space". Unfortunately, Viktor accidentally rammed a space shuttle piloted by Max into the projector, destroying it. Zs'Skayr is killed once more when Gwen opened the shuttle's roof and exposed him directly to the sun.
Though Ben regained use of Ghostfreak (abliet in his true form) during this time, he refrains from using the transformation for the remainder of the series under the fear that Zs'Skayr may take over again.
Five years prior to Omniverse
In From Hedorium to Eternity, Zs'Skayr possessed the body of Thaddeus J. Collins and attempted to take over Earth by having his fellow Ectonurites possess people. His plot is discovered by Ben and his friends. After a short battle, Cooper reverses the portal that brought Zs'Skayr and his minions to Earth, pulling them all back in. Zs'Skayr swears revenge on Ben as he is sucked into the portal.
At some later point, Zs'Skayr is trapped in a Plumber prison designed to hold him, under a beam of concentrated sunlight to keep him helpless despite his new abilities, which he gained since the end of the original series.[DM 1]
In Ghost Town, Vilgax frees Zs'Skayr on the condition that he tell him "the secrets of the Omnitrix [and] the knowledge to defeat Ben". He tells him about Primus. Unfortunately, Zs'Skayr betrays him after getting freed and takes over Vilgax's home planet of Vilgaxia, possessing the citizens and turning them into his minions that resemble his sun-shielded form. Vilgax tried to fight them, but was forced to retreat and went to Earth to ask for help from Ben, Gwen, and Kevin.
Traveling to Vilgaxia, they infiltrated Vilgax's palace and confronted Zs'Skayr, who revealed that Vilgaxia was just the beginning, and his minions were already building ships to spread their master's influence to other planets. During the battle, Ben lets Zs'Skayr enter his body, allowing the Omnitrix to resample the Ectonurite DNA. When Ben transforms into Ghostfreak, Zs'Skayr takes control of the transformation and tries to possess Vilgax. However, he is defeated by the light of Vilgax's sword, causing Ben to change back.
Though these events cause Ghostfreak to become available in the Omnitrix once more, Zs'Skayr's consciousness was separated from the transformation.
In Mystery, Incorporeal, Zs'Skayr can be briefly being seen crawling out of a portal that was previously opened Darkstar, allowing him to escape Ledgerdomain.
Making his way to Plumber HQ, Zs'Skayr discovered Viktor trapped in metal and stored in the basement. By consuming the King Xarion's soul, he restored Viktor to his true self. Zs'Skayr then manipulated events while possessing Morty so that he and Viktor could stow away on the Lovely Duck and return to Anur Transyl, where Zs'Skayr could regain his title as High Ecto-Lord.
In Rad Monster Party, Zs'Skayr and his current team (consisting of a restored and liberated Viktor, Kuphulu, and Crüjo) battled Ben, Rook Blonko, Hobble, Scout, and Rad Dudesman only to be driven away when Zs'Skayr himself was defeated by NRG.
In Charmed, I'm Sure, Zs'Skayr drained a large portion of energy from the Alpha Rune he had stolen before teleporting Ben, Rook, Hobble, and Charmcaster elsewhere. Though he thought that it was completely powerless and now useless, that was not the case as Charmcaster was able to use it while fighting Swampfire, Rook, and Hobble.
In The Vampire Strikes Back, Zs'Skayr used the Alpha Rune's power to resurrect Lord Transyl as a powerful servant. From there, he would use Transyl's DNA to resurrect the extinct Vladat race as an army in order to regain his title as High Ecto-Lord. This was against the objections of Dr. Viktor, who remembers how the Vladats enslaved and feasted on his people.
Ultimately, Zs'Skayr's plan comes to naught as he is suddenly betrayed by Viktor and Ben as Atomix creates a light orb called "Fusion Cuisine" that vaporizes Zs'Skayr's ectoplasm down to its atomic structure and dispersed his remnant particles, which is radiated out in every direction for thousands of miles and some are sent into outer space.[DJW 3] Though Zs'Skayr was already seemingly killed, Atomix decides to leave behind his Fusion Cuisine in Z'Castle Zs'Skayr in the event Zs'Skayr does return.
Powers and Abilities
Zs'Skayr can turn both intangible and invisible, which is sometimes accompanied by an inverted color scheme and transparency. Zs'Skayr can also control his density, allowing his body to become either lighter or heavier. He can even make people intangible and transparent by touching them, as he did to Frankenstrike to phase the two of them through the floor of a space station and out onto its hull. He is able to disrupt electronics via phasing through them.
Zs'Skayr can hover, float, or fly through air and space.
Like all Ectonurites, Zs'Skayr can create a second layer of skin.
Zs'Skayr, like all Ectonurites, can rotate his skull.
Zs'Skayr can withstand the vacuum of space and doesn't need to breathe. In fact, the darkness of space gives Zs'Skayr the ability to use all of his powers at their fullest potential.
All members of his race have their personalities genetically bonded to their DNA. A piece of DNA is all that is needed to re-create the same being entirely.
Zs'Skayr could deform his body into a smoke-like, wispy form.
He can also change his body into a grey liquid form, as seen when failed to merge with Four Arms.
Zs'Skayr can possess life forms and take full control of them. Additionally, he can also use whatever abilities his victim possesses after taking control. In the original series, the eyes of anyone he possessed would become black with white pupils and black cracks underneath the eyes.
Zs'Skayr can release a powerful energy beam from his chest and hands when his skin is peeled back. Originally, this could only be executed when he is at his full potential, but recently he is able use this ability at any time.
Sometime after the original series, Zs'Skayr gained a few new abilities.[DM 1] One such ability is to transform living creatures into Ectonurite minions by possessing them, briefly merging with them, and then leaving the victim, causing them to morph into Ectonurites completely subservient to him. Being defeated would cause his minions to return to normal.
Once he has possessed someone, Zs'Skayr can absorb the powers of other living things, having already absorbed Ben's powers with plans to absorb Vilgax's as well.
Zs'Skayr can consume the souls of any being, living or dead.
Zs'Skayr possesses powerful telekinetic and psychokinetic abilities, the extent of which is still unknown. His hands glowed with purple/blue aura, the same energy in his energy blasts. With this aura and hand movements, he could perform feats such as causing a ceiling hatch to fall out and land on Kevin, toppling over a nearby pillar, catching another before it fell on him and throwing it at Vilgax, all without touching the objects he moved.
Zs'Skayr is able to store small objects under his skin flaps.
Zs'Skayr owns a scythe that he can wield with great skill.
Like all Ectonurites, Zs'Skayr is vulnerable to bright light, with sunlight burning him to ashes. However, if even a few strands of his DNA still exists, he can be resurrected. This weakness can be negated if he occupies a body that can handle sunlight. Being in light further lessens his abilities. Being exposed to NRG only greatly weakens him rather than kill him. However, Zs'Skayr cannot handle lights as bright as that produced by Atomix's "Fusion Cuisine."
Zs'Skayr's possession abilities can be countered. The Omnitrix is capable of protecting its users from Zs'Skayr's possession. As such, Zs'Skayr cannot merge with Ben while he is in one of his alien forms. Even in Human form, the Omnitrix is capable of holding off Zs'Skayr for a short time. Zs'Skayr is also incapable of possessing Dagon.[DJW 4]
Certain compounds and energy fields can neutralize Zs'Skayr's intangibility and invisibility powers.
Zs'Skayr's arrogance can make him underestimate his opponent. His extreme hatred of Ben in particular can make him reckless.
Zs'Skayr cannot merge with Ben while he is in one of his alien forms.
Though his intangibility is normally a useful form of defense, it is only effective when Zs'Skayr consciously activates it.
- Ghostfreaked Out (first appearance)
- Mystery, Incorporeal (first reappearance; cameo)
- Rad Monster Party
- Charmed, I'm Sure
- The Vampire Strikes Back
- From Hedorium to Eternity (flashback)
Zs'Skayr appears as the main antagonist in the Midwest. He frees Vilgax from the Null Void and teams up with him to get revenge on Ben. He also possesses Hex and tries to use his powers to bring an army of his minions from the Anur System but is stopped by Ben. He leaves Hex and then attacks Ben in Chicago. Ben manages to defeat him and then sends him into the Null Void with the help of Grandpa Max.
Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks
After Max sends the team to Anur Phaetos to retrieve the Energy core hidden there, the group quickly discovers that Anur Phaetos isn't a planet in the technical sense but in fact a type of alternate dimension. Verdona arrives and uses her powers to send the group to Anur Phaetos, accidentally splitting them up in the process.
Once there, Ben is lured into a fight with Zs'Skayr, who is revealed to be alive, in a sense. This doesn't stop Ben from defeating Zs'Skayr using his one weakness, light. Afterwards, Professor Paradox arrives and gets the group out of Anur Phaetos.
He is a playable character in the game.
Naming and Translations
|Bulgarian||Зъ Скеър||From the original English name|
From effray, scared
|German||Zs'Skayr||From the original English name|
|Hebrew||רוח פחד||From רוח, ghost and פחד, fear|
|Hungarian||Szellem||From szellem, ghost|
|From cyber and duch, ghost|
From de szrama, the scar
|Portuguese (Br)||Zs'Skayr||From the original English name|
|Romanian||Sinistrul||From sinistrul, sinister|
|Russian||Зескер||From the original English name|
|Pronounced as /'el te'ɾor/|
Pronounced as /'el te'ror/
From El terror, the terror
|Turkish||Zs'Skayr||From the original English name|
Zs'Skayr's name is a corruption of the word "scary". The way it is pronounced is similar to saying "the scare."
- Zs'Skayr was named by Tramm Wigzell.[DJW 7]
- Dave Johnson designed both Zs'Skayr and Ghostfreak.[DJ 1] Zs'Skayr's head being upside down was used to justify Ghostfreak's eye placement in his sun-shielded form.[AC 1]
- Zs'Skayr's real name was first conceived during the original series[pop-up 8] but was never used on-screen until Rad Monster Party. Before then, people only called him Ghostfreak.
- However, in From Hedorium to Eternity, he is referred to as Zs'Skayr by Ben and his team. This is an error, along with other errors in the episode like Zs'Skayr having his hood and his head in an upright orientation, both of which should be seen only after Rad Monster Party chronologically.
- Zs'Skayr is a living being; the Ectonurite concept of "life" is just very different from most sentient life forms.[DJW 10]
- This is also somewhat supported by a quote from Zs'Skayr himself in Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks: "Ben 10, as I live and breathe. Hahahaha, not."
- Zs'Skayr is able to crack his head either upside down or right side up, even without physically touching it, and is able to move his skin to make a hood. He also indicated in Rad Monster Party that it is more comfortable for him when his head is right-side up.
- Zs'Skayr is the first alien to leave the Omnitrix/Ultimatrix, followed by the Sentient Ultimate Aliens.
- It is possible that there exists an alternate timeline in which Zs'Skayr is or becomes good and decides to help Ben as Ghostfreak.[DJW 11]
- Zs'Skayr finds Zs'iza and Zs'oise annoying since they just like to play tricks on him and haunt Z'Castle Zs'Skayr.[DJW 12]
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