Prince Vultan is the Prince of the bird-like Hawkmen in theFlash Gordon comic strip and its adaptations. Vultan starts his career as a half-villain, as he resents Ming's domination but does not oppose it out of fear of reprisal, with a lecherous side as he lusts after earthwoman Dale Arden, but soon reforms into one of Flash Gordon's greatest allies.
His character fits the stereotype of the barrel-chested chieftain with more than a hint of the Pirate captain or the Viking reaver in it, endowed with a booming voice and a great appetite for life, food and women. He was portrayed byBrian Blessed in the cult 1980 film based on the series.
Blessed reprised the role in "Road to Germany" when the Hawkmen come to the aid of the British fliers.