~ The Skeksis as they praise SkekUng the Garthim Master as the new emperor.
The Skeksis are an evil race of chimeric beings and the main antagonistic race in the 1982 dark fantasy film The Dark Crystal and the 2019 Netflix prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. They are the opposite of the gentle UrRu (known as the Mystics in the movie).
The Skeksis are part reptile, part predatory bird, and part dragon creatures. Their bodies are usually slender and thin, and once have a second pair of arms before it withers and became atrophied as the Skeksis' reign goes by in later years. They wear heavy elaborate but threadbare robes to make themselves appear more larger and intimidating.
Unlike their counterparts, who possess the positive composition of the UrSkeks, the Skeksis instead carry the negative; as such being arrogant, egotistical, and have little to no regard for life or even each other. Furthermore, despite having alliances in the castle, they will often plot or have a rivalry (such in the case of SkekSil and SkekUng) against each other inside or outside of the alliance, heavily suggesting the Skeksis to be deceitful and double-crossing.
The Skeksis live a hedonistic lifestyle as they only think of living in eternity while they maintain hold over their power. They are primarily shown to be greedy over using the Crystal's power to replenish themselves despite being sworn to protect said object, resulting in its corruption and the birth and spreading of the Darkening over Thra; in addition, the Skeksis deny the Darkening's existence happening and instead see it as a mere blight that also did not exist. They also are not afraid to hide the fact they have done horrible and cruel deeds for selfish reasons and relish in it, as when a kidnapped Brea called the Skeksis monsters for draining Gelfling, SkekOk retorted with "Have you only just figured that out? Perhaps you are not so clever after all", revealing that they're aware of what they are doing yet the Skeksis never care.
However, the Skeksis were originally elegant and courteous during the Age of Harmony, and even were friends towards Aughra. Although, they became the tyrannical rulers they are due to them aging as time flies by, this leading to the Skeksis' selfish desire to live longer.
SkekSo, the Emperor (voiced by the late Jerry Nelson in the film; Jason Isaacs in the show) †
SkekZok, the Ritual-Master (voiced by the late Jerry Nelson in the film; Keegan-Michael Key in the show)
SkekUng, the Garthim-Master (voiced by Michael Kilgarriff)
SkekSil, the Chamberlain (voiced by the late Barry Dennen in the film; Simon Pegg in the show)
SkekTek, the Scientist (voiced by Steve Whitmire in the film; Mark Hamill in the show) †
SkekAyuk, the Gourmand (voiced by Thick Wilson in the film; Harvey Fierstein in the show)
SkekNa, the Slave-Master (voiced by the late David Buck)
SkekShod, the Treasurer (voiced by Charles Collingwood)
SkekOk, the Scroll-Keeper (voiced by John Baddeley in the film; Neil Sterenberg in the show)
SkekEkt, the Ornamentalist (voiced by Brian Muehl in the film; Alice Dinnean in the show)
SkekGra, the Conqueror/Heretic (voiced by Andy Samberg)
SkekLi, the Satirist
SkekSa, the Mariner
Although there are eighteen and then eight of them, the Skeksis were originally based on the Seven Deadly Sins.
Initially, the Skeksis had a constructed language that is a mix of ancient Greek and Egyptian. This was eventually scrapped due to test screening audiences find it confusing despite the present captions.
SkekSa the Mariner is the only member of the Skeksis classified to be female (in canon), as the rest are primarily male.
Although initially, she was originally a male Skeksis named SkekCru in Legends of the Dark Crystal.
Skeksis is both singular and plural, but the plural form is pronounced 'Skek-sees'.
In the prequel series, the Skeksis were erroneously mentioned as the ones who arrived on Thra and also gifted Aughra her orrery, not the UrSkeks.
Before the events of Age of Resistance, the Skeksis were divided into the Imperial Allegiance (SkekSo, SkekSil, SkekTek) which oversee their race's continuation, the Tithing Allegiance (SkekLach, SkekOk, SkekEkt) who collect tributes from the Gelfling clans, and the Security Allegiance (SkekVar, SkekAyuk, SkekZok) who command the Gelfling castle guard.
Following the Garthim War and before events of the movie, the Skeksis reorganize themselves into the Diplomatic Allegiance (SkekSil, SkekOk, SkekEkt) who maintain the castle to the Emperor's liking, The Religious Allegiance (SkekZok, SkekShod, SkekAyuk) who oversee daily routines, and Military Allegiance (SkekUng, SkekTek, SkekNa) who oversee the Garthim soldiers.