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Khalar Zym is a ruthless and power-hungry king and the main antagonist in the 2011 film Conan the Barbarian.


Khalar Zym is obsessed with bringing his wife, Maliva, back from the dead due to both being in love with her and the fact she was a powerful Witch. His wife was burned to the stake for her crimes, including helping Khalar Zym in his quest for godhood.

He knows full well that without Maliva, he could never obtain said power, but if she was returned he was likely to gain it. His plan to resurrect Maliva involves using the mask of Acheron, which can only be used by the blood of Tamara (who also must be a virgin for the full power), because she is the last known descendant of the Acheron clan. His witch daughter Marique is his arguably most powerful and loyal ally and one of if not the only one he shows any kind of affection towards.

Near the climax of the film, he gets the mask and power, despite Tamara no longer being a virgin (thus it's possible it was never truly the complete power of the mask).

He is killed while he is battling Conan and the platform breaks with Conan barely escaping. His last words are him screaming "Maliva".


Khalar Zym appears in Conan the Barbarian and is portrayed by Stephen Lang.