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I am greatly disappointed you wished the gasoline out of the wasteland, you've got pump the gasoline.
~ Lord Hummungus to the people of the wasteland.

Lord Humungus is a gang lord in a world still largely ruled by gangs and the main antagonist of the 1981 post-apocalyptic film Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.

He was portrayed by Kjell Nilsson.

History

According to an interview with one of the writers of Road Warrior, Hummungus was once a miltary solider who had his face burned to an ugly crisp and had a wife/girlfriend murdered which goes with his statement to Wez "I understand your pain, we've all lost someone we loved.".

After hearing of an oil refinary, Humungus and his gang sought to take all its gasoline to fuel their army of vehicles. Humungus attempted to convince its inhabitants to surrender peacefully, stating that no harm will come to them if they turned the oil over.

Two of the compound's inhabitants attempt to escape and though they fail, attract the attention of Max Rockatansky while doing so. Max then takes it upon himself to help the inhabitants of the refinery escape with their tanker of gas.

During the final chase, Humungus kills Papagallo with his spear before shooting at the tanker. He is temporarily put out of commission by the Gyropilot, but soon recovers and activates a nitrous booster to catch up to to Max. However, Max reversed the direction of tanker so that, when Humungus rams into Max, the collision kills both Humungus and Wez. Though they are caught in the crash, Max and Feral Kid survive.

Trivia

  • In the original script for The Road Warrior, Lord Humungus was revealed to be Goose appearing to have survived, this was changed due to the fact that at that time the original Mad Max was still a reletively unknown film to American audiences. This plot twist was scrapped but hints still remain in the film, like the fact that Humungus's face is burned and his maurderers having police gear and vehicles.
  • In the night torture sequence, Humungus is seen giving a passionate yet incomprehensible speech. He is actually reciting a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe entitled "Der Erlkönig". It depicts the death of a child assailed by a supernatural being, the Erlking or "Erlkönig", king of the elves. In reality Kjell Nilsson was swearing because he was very cold that night, since the movie was filmed during Australian winter.
  • Humungus' pistol case contains an ornamental skull and crossbones. It appears to be a Totenkopf, or "Death's Head" design, an infamous emblem of the Nazi S.S.
  • Lord Humungus wears a Cooper HM6 hockey mask,The mask was originally white plastic but was painted silver and detailed with black paint to look like steel with dingy patina. Wire mesh was attached underneath the holes in the mask. The original straps were replaced with what appear to be leather straps fastened together with copper rivets.
  • The professional wrestling character "Lord Humongous" took his name from the character.

Navigation

           Mad Max Villains

Toecutter's Gang
Toecutter | Bubba Zanetti | Nightrider | Johnny the Boy

Lord Humungus' Marauders
Lord Humungus | Wez

Bartertown
Aunty Entity | Ironbar Bassey

Cult of the V8
Immortan Joe | Rictus Erectus | Scabrous Scrotus | Prime Imperator | Bullet Farmer | People Eater | Organic Mechanic | Coma-Doof Warrior | Nux | Slit | Ace | Morsov | War Boys

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