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Kanamits - Twilight Zone - To Serve Man

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Twilight Zone

Kanamits v1.1

By Ethan Roe

Source of Character: The Twilight Zone T.V. Series, Season 3 the 1962 episode To Serve Man based on the short story of the same name written by Damon Knight.

Helper(s): Wikipedia, CBUB, Frank G. Murdock, Mark

Reasons (1): I found these aliens in a CBUB fight with the Avengers and wanted to know who they were. After watching the episode, I had to do a writeup. This is one show that has been spoofed many times.

Writeups.org & Amazon.com recommend Twilight Zone season 3.



“Ladies and gentlemen of the Earth, we greet you in peace and friendship. We come from a planet far beyond this galaxy. A planet far more developed than Earth but we come as friends.”

“Our intentions above all things is to help the people of Earth. To establish embassies here and to setup future reciprical visits between Earth people and Kanamits.”

Mr. Greggary, the Representative of the Soviet Union: “People of the Soviet Union would like to ask the Kanamits precicely and I repeat that to him. Precicely, what are your motives in coming here quite uninvited. Are we to assume there is no ulterior motive beyond this vast humanity you speak of ?”
Kanamit: “There is nothing ulterior in our motives, nothing at all. You will discover this for yourself before too long simply by testing the various devices we will make available to you.”

“…we ask only that you trust us. Only that you simply trust us.”

Chambers: “I’ve got a funny feeling.”
Army Colonel: “What ?”
Chambers: “That we’re looking a gift horse in the mouth.”

(While taking a polygraph test)
Conductor of test: “What is the motive of the Kanamit people in offering such great gifts to the people of the Earth ?”
Kanamit: “I hope that the people of Earth will understand and believe when I tell you that our mission on this planet is simply this : to bring to you the peace and plenty that we ourself enjoy. In which we have, in the past, brought to other races throughout the galaxy. When your world has no more hunger, no more war, no more needless suffering, that will be our reward.”

Patty: “Mr. Chambers, …don’t get on that ship ! The rest of the book, To Serve Man, it’s… it’s a cookbook !”

“Please, Mr. Chambers eat, we wouldn’t want you to lose weight.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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A 477 points Character
Genre: Real

Dex: 02 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: To Serve Man
Int: 11 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Chefs
Inf: 06 Aur: 04 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 000
Init: 019 HP: 002

Powers: Growth: 02

Bonuses and Limitations: Growth is always on and already factored in

Skills: Artist (Cooking): 03, Gadgetry: 07, Scientist: 07, Vehicles (Space): 04

Advantages: Language: (English, Kanamit, and likely other alien races)

Connections: None.

Drawbacks: Dark Secret, Distinct Appearance


  • SPACESHIP [Body: 11, Flash: 04, Flight: 30, Force Field: 35, Sealed Systems: 23 ; Bonuses & Limitations: Flash is steady illumination only and covers the entire ship, Hardened Defenses, Cost: 1507] The trip to their home planet is billions of miles but only takes a few days. Chambers says the Kanamit homeworld is 100 Billion miles from Earth.
  • Gifts to Man
    • Power Source - Atomic in nature that can supply electrical energies for entire countries for the cost of a few dollars.
    • A cheap nitrate - added to the soil and end famine on Earth for good and all.
    • Force Field - cloak each nation in an invisible wall. Absolutely impenetrable by bombs, missiles, or anything else.


Design notes
Some stats are speculative.

Wealth for an individual is what is listed. If they are being paid it was not revealed in the episode. I am going with the thought that all the Kanamits are on the same page about what they are doing and have everything supplied to them. Their planet/government would have it’s own Wealth score.


Kanamit Telepathy
Kanamits do not move their mouth when they talk. Their spokesman explained their language is totally “mechanical”, so listeners hear the voice in their own minds. This includes listening to a pre-recorded video of a Kanamit, which doesn’t make any sense unless the kanamit’s “voice” actually is audible and can be recorded.

I suggest treating their Telepathy as a normal voice; except perhaps when it comes to clarity of the voice. I’d assume even in a crowd you’d hear the Kanamit over others talking… assuming its not a group of Kanamits all talking at once of course.


Real Name: No names given.
Marital Status: N/A
Known Relatives: Kanamits
Group Affiliation: The Kanamits
Base Of Operations: Unknown homeworld
Height: 9’0”+ Weight: 350 lbs
Note: Some readers may have a problem with the weight of the Kanamits. It might be more accurate to put them in the range of weighing more around 550 or 650 lbs.
Eyes: dark Hair: varies

Powers and Abilities

The Kanamits are impressive beings. Nine feet tall and around three hundred fifty pounds on average. Much more than a physical match for your average man. The Kanamits have been described as probably five hundred times (or +9APs) smarter than we are and a thousand times more complex.


The Kanamits arrived on Earth on a day in April at noon. On that day, people bought and sold and fretted and laughed. A day like any other, until the Kanamit’s saucer shaped space craft appeared in the sky. The Kanamits heralded their coming over short-wave that they would appear on Earth at that set time. So, they did.

At 11:00 A.M. Eastern Standard time the first of these landings happened outside of Newark, New Jersey. Then in Russia, Norway, the southern coast of France, Rio De Janeiro, and several others. The U.N. warned that it would be premature to assume hostile intent on the part of the Kanamits at this time.

A represenative of the Kanamit race arrived landing his space craft only a few blocks away from the U.N. building and made his way there.

A Christopher Columbus from another galaxy and another time.

The Kanamit representative laid out for the people of Earth why the had come. Their motives altruistic, only to help mankind. To use their vast knowledge to make man’s life a life without care, a life of ease. No more famine, no more war, no energy crisis. They came offering paradise, free of charge. When the Kanamit delegate was finished he left behind the book he had held in his hand while speaking, written in the Kanamit language.

Kanamits - Twilight Zone - To Serve Man

The next morning, the Kanamits demostrated the use of nitrates in Argentina. Six hours later, the barren and fruitless land was full of nutrients. U.S. decoders, led by Michael Chambers, tried decoding the alien language without much luck. After a full day, however, they were lucky enough to break the Title of the book, To Serve Man.

More than a week after their arrival, tests were done with the consent of the Kanamits. One was a polygraph, which showed no deviation. The Kanamits only told the truth.

The evolution of man, going from dust to dessert.

As time went by the Kanamits came through on their promises. Arid deserts were transformed into fertile fields. The force field to end wars did precisely that, armies and navies were practically disbanded.

Kanamits - Twilight Zone - To Serve Man

People began taking trips to the Kanamits homeworld, it was said to be like being on vacation all the time, never wanting for anything. No one needed to work anymore, people had more than they needed. Everything was supplied by the Kanamits. They had embassies in every country. For every one of them that comes, a few thousand of us go off in their ships to live with them.

The Decoders all but quit trying to decipher the rest of the book. However, Patty, originally on the team that decoded the title decided to try to finish the rest of the book as she was very close anyway.

Mr. Chambers had scheduled his own trip and just as he was boarding the ship, Patty rushes up and shouts to him that the rest of the book had been deciphered. ”To Serve Man, It’s a cookbook!” Chambers tries to get off the ship but is overpowered and wrestled onboard by the Kanamit who quickly shuts up the stairway.


Kanamits are giants in comparison to men with large round heads. At least on diplomatic missions Kanamits wear ankle length sparkling white robes with large rounded collars, low on the left and high on the right. They also wear aluminum foil-like boots.

When taking travellers onto their vessel they wear a full-body work uniform but these are black in color. The Kanamits wear black work boots as well.


Calm and calculating, Kanamits have a very serious and precise speech that captivates all those hearing it. The Kanamits salute at the chest with the hand open, fingers extended.

Kanamits - Twilight Zone - To Serve Man

When the Kanamit left behind his “cookbook” it makes me wonder about the motivation behind that move. It did seem deliberate. Are they hoping that after seeing how good life is with them that even with the knowledge of what the Kanamits are actually up to man would accept his fate and become willing cattle?

Marvel Universe History

There is the CBUB set-up in the link in the Reasons section that pits the Avengers against this alien race.

Writeup completed on the 11th of May, 2012.

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