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Lord Humungus
Lord Humungus
Leader of Marauders
Scoped Smith & Wesson 29 [1]
Trident Spear
Portrayed By

Be still, my dog of war. I understand your pain. We've all lost someone we love. But we do it my way!
-Lord Humungus

Lord Humungus, officially in the script as "The Humungus," or occasionally known as "Humungus," was the leader of a merciless and psychotic motorcycle gang of marauders that took dominance long after Toecutter's gang. He acts as the main antagonist in the events of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. He is portrayed by Kjell Nilsson.


Some time in the gap between Mad Max and Mad Max 2 Humungus formed and led a gang of marauders, bikers, berserkers and generally crazy individuals; androgyny is widely exhibited by a significant portion of the group. He commands this otherwise unruly cabal, using a combination of intimidation and violence, on an indefinite campaign to steal valuable commodities - killing anyone who gets in their way. Due to their dependence upon a moderately sized fleet of assorted vehicles, their main focus is gasoline.  When knowledge of a functional oil refinery reached their gang, Humungus sought to take over the pump and siphon all the gasoline they could carry. Unlike his vicious underlings, who want to storm the compound and take over, Humungus shows an eloquent, reasonable side, and tries to convince its inhabitants to surrender peacefully, promising that no harm will come to them if they do. Anyone who attempts escape risks capture, torture (for information) and death. However, the compound's occupants defy this threat and in their subsequent (failed) escape attempt, ultimately attract the attention of Max Rockatansky; a former police officer, turned drifter, living off the corpse of the old world. This would ultimately lead to the downfall of Humungus and the presumed disbanding of his gang, as Max takes it upon himself to help the compounders escape, with their tanker of gas.

During the final chase, Humungus personally kills Papagallo with his spear and shoots at the tanker, while Max is driving. Temporarily put out of commission by the Gyropilot, he then activates a nitrous booster in an attempt to catch up to to Max, the tanker and the caravan. Unaware that Max had turned the tanker around and reversed direction, he rams into Max head-on. The collision kills both Humungus and Wez, who was on the hood of the tanker. Max and Feral Kid survive the crash.


Lord Humungus is a tall muscular man who wears nothing but leather briefs and a hockey-goalie mask which hides his face that has been permanently disfigured in an explosion. He is armed with a three-pronged spear and a scoped Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver. As with Max's shotgun, ammo is scarce so he fires the gun on special occasions.

Not much is said about his origin except for a few tidbits. For example, it is implied he lost someone he cared about, a fact which he told Wez when he tried to restrain him. Also in his gun case is a picture of a military man and a woman which apparently explains both who he once was, whom he loved which he lost, and how he was a crack shot with his pistol when he shot at Max's truck; however, it is just as likely that the gun and its case were looted during one of Humungus's raids, leaving his background a total mystery.

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Gun Case

The photograph of the couple appears to be from the WWI-era (1914-1918).  The man is wearing a British officer field uniform (tunic, Sam Browne belt, jodhpurs and cavalry riding boots) and the woman wears fashions common around 1916-1920. There are two silver medals (possibly service medals), two commonwealth service stars, a large Prussian Totenkopf and several other military insignia present.  This collection might suggest that Humungus is of British or German descent, the people in the photo his grandparents or great-grandparents.

Other titles heldEdit

Lord Humungus has several titles. These are announced by the gang crier - The Toadie.

  • The Humungus
  • The Warrior of the Wasteland
  • The Ayatollah of Rock and Roll (with "Roll" pronounced "Roll-ah")


  • There's a definite homo-erotic allure going on within Humungus' gang. He notably has two castes of warrior which he calls out in the film: "gayboy-berserkers" and "smegma-crazies". Whilst the former is self-explanatory; the latter, which references "smegma", is the word for a combination of exfoliated (shed) epithelial cells, transudated skin oils, and moisture. It occurs in both male and female genitalia. In males, smegma helps keep the glans moist and facilitates sexual intercourse by acting as a lubricant.
  • (From IMDB) Kjell Nilsson was born in Gothenberg, Sweden, and came to Australia in 1980 as a trainer of Swedish athletes preparing for the Moscow Olympics, being a former Olympic class weight lifter himself. While in Australia he met Australian actress Kate Fergerson, and they were married in Sweden later that year. She pursuaded him to return to Australia, and look for work in Australian films. He landed his first role as a pirate in "The Pirate Movie", and you can see Kjell "unmasked" quite clearly in a few scenes from that film. His next role was that of The Humungus in Mad Max 2.
  • Originally Lord Humungus was going to be Jim Goose from the first film. The idea was scrapped fairly early, but is the reason his marauders have police gear such as helmets, cars, and bullhorns.
  • The professional wrestling character, Lord Humongous took his name from the fictional Mad Max character.


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