History ComicBook / Galactus

18th May '17 8:14:28 AM Forenperser
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* PowerLimiter: Depending on how somebody chooses to cherry-pick information. In one instance Galactus [[http://media.animevice.com/uploads/0/6253/331841-fantasticfourv34915_super.jpg mentioned]] that he felt that the Ultimate Nullifier was closer to him than his own heart, and recalled it to his hand at will. Some people have perceived this as that it is an actual part of his being, but it could just as easily have been figuratively speaking, especially given that this instance contradicts his first Lee/Kirby appearance, in which he could not recall the Nullifier, and he showed great fear from it being used against him.

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* PowerLimiter: Depending on how somebody chooses to cherry-pick information. In one instance Galactus [[http://media.animevice.com/uploads/0/6253/331841-fantasticfourv34915_super.jpg mentioned]] that he felt that the PowerLimiter:
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Ultimate Nullifier was closer to him than his own heart, and recalled it to his hand at will. Some people have perceived this as that it is an actual part of his being, but it could just as easily have been figuratively speaking, especially given that this instance contradicts his first Lee/Kirby appearance, in which he could not recall the Nullifier, which was once part of him and which he showed great fear sealed away from it being used against him.himself because he feared it's power and destruction.



* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: In his case, as much he has eaten. When starving even normally far weaker beings can hurt him, and the Thing once knocked him out. When he is fed however, he is extremely formidable, being able to destroy several solar systems in a single attack, during his fight with Tyrant it was even said that entire galaxies were destroyed. Between that, it varies depending on the story.

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* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: In his case, as much he has eaten. When starving even normally far weaker beings can hurt him, and the Thing once knocked him out. When he is fed however, he is extremely formidable, being able to destroy several solar systems in a single attack, during his fight with Tyrant it was even said that entire galaxies were destroyed.destroyed and it is generally accepted that a fully-fed Galactus is on par with Eternity. Between that, it varies depending on the story.
13th May '17 7:17:37 AM rafi
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* AboveGoodAndEvil: Galactus is fulfilling a cosmic function, not merely extending his existence at the cost of untold lives. He has some justification for regarding himself as a being to whom ordinary morals do not apply. He destroys without shame, but he has been known to show compassion.

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* AboveGoodAndEvil: Galactus is fulfilling a cosmic function, not merely extending his existence at the cost of untold lives. He has some justification for regarding doesn't see himself as good or evil, just a predator doing what he has to do to survive. In a way, this is true due to him being to whom ordinary morals do not InherentInTheSystem. In the end, he is more a cataclysm than an actual villain and cannot be judged by human moral standards.
** Reed Richards even gave this a great deal of thought during the first Secret War storyline, musing about how odd it was that the Beyonder considered Galactus "evil" and grouped him in with all the other villains. Reed knew that Galactus was so far beyond good or evil that the concepts simply didn't
apply. He destroys without shame, but he has been known regarded Galactus as a force of nature, comparable to show compassion.an earthquake or a hurricane, which also cannot be judged as good or evil.



* InherentInTheSystem: Not only does he serve as a force to fix the natural imbalance between Eternity and Death, but destroying him would result in unleashing a much more dangerous MultiversalConqueror on the Universe.



---> "I am Galactus-- and I hunger!"



* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm:

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* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: The giant man with a weird helmet you see? That's only how your mind ''interprets'' what you are seeing. Every species in the Universe sees him differently because what he really looks like is beyond our understanding.
9th Mar '17 6:52:12 PM FateStayWho
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* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: In his fight with the Mad Celestials, he took all of them at once and actually killed one. Unfortunately this only caused them to see how much of a threat he was and [[FusionDance merge together]].



* CurbStompBattle: Most of his fights have him dishing this out to the point where it's easier to list exceptions. When he's subjected to TheWorfEffect he ends on the receiving end of it.



* TheDreaded: He's known feared across the universe. He once frightened off an armada of aliens planning to attack Earth by threatening to destroy the homeworld of whoever attacked first. All of them ran away with their tails between their legs.



* EldritchAbomination

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* EldritchAbominationEldritchAbomination: A CosmicEntity who needs to feed on energy of planets to survive, and is capable of feeding the energy from anything from stars to pocket universes.



** After his life was saved by Reed Richards, he promised never to attack Earth again, a promise he's kept thus far.

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** After his life was saved by Reed Richards, he promised never to attack Earth again, a promise he's kept thus far. He's even come to the planet's defense.


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* TheJuggernaut: The best Marvel's heavy hitters can typically do is slow him down, not actually beat him. Advanced civilizations can't even do that. Most cosmic entities have stalemated him at best.


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* MindOverMatter: Not often used, but he an throw planetoids with it.


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* PowersDoTheFighting: Relies almost entirely on the Power Cosmic and rarely uses his hands when fighting.
1st Mar '17 6:16:08 PM LBHills
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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: We are constantly told that Taa II (Galactus' worldship) is the size of a solar system. If so, no comic book artist has ever done it justice.

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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: We are constantly told that Taa II (Galactus' worldship) is the size of a solar system. If so, no comic book artist has ever ''really'' done it justice. And how could they? Fitting it into a panel would shrink even Jupiter to invisibility by comparison.



* TimeAbyss: Older than the current universe by a slim margin. "The Last Galactus Story", which was never finished, and happens within an inofficial alternative future, states that his ultimate fate is to restart the universe with a new big bang.

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* TimeAbyss: Older than the current universe by a slim margin. "The Last Galactus Story", which was never finished, and happens within an inofficial unofficial alternative future, states that his ultimate fate is to restart the universe with a new big bang.
1st Mar '17 6:12:03 PM LBHills
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* AboveGoodAndEvil: Galactus considers himself as neither good nor evil, merely a predator going about his business to survive. He is also a natural function of the universe to fix the imbalances between Eternity and Death. Galactus is also a restraining bolt for a force that seeks to destroy the universe.

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* AboveGoodAndEvil: Galactus considers is fulfilling a cosmic function, not merely extending his existence at the cost of untold lives. He has some justification for regarding himself as neither good nor evil, merely a predator going about his business being to survive. whom ordinary morals do not apply. He is also a natural function of the universe destroys without shame, but he has been known to fix the imbalances between Eternity and Death. Galactus is also a restraining bolt for a force that seeks to destroy the universe.show compassion.



* AGodAmI: One of the more powerful forces in the Marvel Multiverse. He can take on ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}'s Omega Beams in one crossover (notable for being able to kill Franchise/{{Superman}}) without a scratch, dining upon entire solar systems at a time, move far faster than the speed of light without needing to teleport, and can through the use of the Power Cosmic boost his strength to a level easily able to take down characters capable of shattering planets in one blow like Hulk and Thor. He's actually more powerful than even the ordinary Marvel gods, but still-

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* AGodAmI: One of the more most powerful forces in the Marvel Multiverse. He Reducing matter to energy and traveling at 'impossible' speeds are everyday matters to him. With the aid of the Power Cosmic that invests him, even planet-shattering foes like Thor or the Hulk can take on be destroyed. In one DC/Marvel crossover he was noted for surviving ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}'s Omega Beams in one crossover (notable Beams, which are ordinarily a OneHitKill to ''anything.'' It's hard for being able him to kill Franchise/{{Superman}}) without a scratch, dining upon entire solar systems at a time, move far faster than the speed of light without needing to teleport, and can through the use of the Power Cosmic boost his strength to a level easily able to take down characters capable of shattering planets in one blow like Hulk and Thor. He's actually more powerful than even the ordinary Marvel gods, but still-stay humble:



* AGodIAmNot: Though he doesn't seem to consider himself a god, despite his ego. He even told Sphinx in no uncertain terms that he isn't a god ''and'' criticized the mortal belief that power makes you one.

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* AGodIAmNot: Though he doesn't seem to Although he's pretty egotistical, Galactus does not consider himself a god, despite his ego. godlike. He even told Sphinx in no uncertain terms that he isn't a god ''and'' has criticized the mortal belief that power makes you one.



* AlwaysABiggerFish: He is this to many galactic threats, like (regular) ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, the Kree or ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} in a crossover, but he has also experienced quite often that he is not at the very top of the food chain. The 3 most well-known examples are probably when he was [[CurbStompBattle stomped]] by Beyonder in ComicBook/SecretWars, Krona, in JLA/Avengers, and the Chaos King in Chaos Wars.
** Subverted when he is confronted by Master Order and Lord Chaos after his reversion at the hands of the Ultimates. Thanos with the ''Infinity Gauntlet'' rated either of them individually well above Galactus, but now that he has fused with his Ultimate counterpart and been reversed (which removes his hunger, not to mentoin directly conflicts with order and chaos' fundamental existence), he not only defies them, but subjects ''them'' to this trope.

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* AlwaysABiggerFish: He is this to many Many galactic threats, like (regular) ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, ComicBook/{{Thanos}} or the Kree or ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} in a crossover, but he has also experienced quite often that he Supreme Intelligence of the Kree, quail at the thought of direct confrontation with Galactus. But Galactus is not at the very top of the food chain. The 3 most well-known examples are probably when power spectrum either: he was has been [[CurbStompBattle stomped]] by the Beyonder in the original ComicBook/SecretWars, defeated in a DC/Marvel crossover by Krona, in JLA/Avengers, and conquered by the Chaos King in Chaos Wars.
** Subverted when he is confronted by Master Order and Lord Chaos after his reversion at the hands of the Ultimates. Thanos with the ''Infinity Gauntlet'' rated either of them individually well above Galactus, but now that he has fused with his Ultimate counterpart and been reversed (which removes his hunger, not to mentoin mention directly conflicts with order and chaos' fundamental existence), he not only defies them, but subjects ''them'' to this trope.



* BackFromTheDead: Galactus was actually killed once in the Marvel-616 universe. The universe would soon discover that the death of Galactus would unleash Abraxas, one of the antitheses to the cosmic entity known as Eternity. He is a MultiversalConqueror who immediately proceeded to destroy alternate universes and the Galactus that existed in each of them. It took the combined force of the Fantastic Four and Galactus' own Ultimate Nullifier device to defeat Abraxas and bring Galactus back to life.

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* BackFromTheDead: Galactus was actually killed once in the Marvel-616 universe. The universe would Unfortunately for the many mortals who cheered this event, it was soon discover revealed that the death of Galactus would unleash Abraxas, one of the antitheses to the cosmic entity known as Eternity. He is Galactus' existence was denying a certain MultiversalConqueror who immediately proceeded access to destroy alternate universes and the Galactus that existed in each of them. It took the combined force of the their universe. The Fantastic Four and Galactus' own Ultimate Nullifier device had no choice but to defeat Abraxas and bring restore Galactus back to life.



* BadassBoast: Delivers some truly awesome boasts.

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* BadassBoast: Delivers Galactus may be a bombastic gloater, but he produces some truly awesome imposing boasts.



* BigBad: sometimes takes this role either to the Silver Surver or in a Marvel crisis crossover.

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* BigBad: He sometimes takes this role either to the Silver Surver Surfer or in a Marvel crisis crossover.



* BreakoutVillain

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* BreakoutVillainBreakoutVillain: He started out as [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed just another threat from space:]] nowadays he rates just behind SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom as Marvel's most famous villain.



* CasualInterstellarTravel: Can teleport, but usually utilizes [[CoolShip Cool Ships]] to cross the universe.

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* CasualInterstellarTravel: Can Although he can teleport, but he usually utilizes [[CoolShip Cool Ships]] to cross the universe.



* CoolStarship: The Taa II, a ship as the size of a solar system.
* CosmicEntity

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* CoolStarship: The Taa II, a ship as the size of a solar system.
* CosmicEntityCosmicEntity: One of the fundamental forces of the universe. Unfortunately, the most likely of them to visit an InsignificantLittleBluePlanet.



* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Galactus is outraged at Darkseid for the massive waste of life, throwing his Parademons and troops at Galactus knowing they didn't stand a chance ''and'' knowing that there ''was'' no life force on Apokolips for Galactus to feed on. He's mollified by Darkseid stating that he did it because it's in his nature - Galactus nods and states that he and Darkseid are NotSoDifferent, since feeding life energy from planets is also in his nature, and both he and Darkseid are slaves to it.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards:
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EvenEvilHasStandards: Some regard Galactus as ALighterShadeOfBlack. His survival preserves the universe from greater harm: he does what he must to survive and can rightly be considered a higher being. He always keeps his word, pays his debts, and is willing to leave sentient beings alone or escape doomed planets as long as they don't bother him. He tends to show disgust at those who cause meaningless destruction like Tyrant and the Fallen One. And if it's one of his own that's causing it, he'll usually do something about it when someone brings it to his attention.
** On the other hand, he also tried to kill every sentient being on Counter-Earth out of self-stated spite, simply because they had succeeded in killing a future version of himself in self-defense, which renders much of the above claims of his nobility and lack of pettiness null and void. In addition, it has been established that he can just as easily feed on stars or non-sentient cosmic energy sources instead of wiping out trillions of sentient beings, yet only rarely does he seek out such sources.
** When he confronted Darkseid in a Marvel/DC crossover, he became
outraged at Darkseid for the massive waste of life, throwing his Parademons and troops at Galactus knowing they didn't stand a chance ''and'' knowing that there ''was'' no life force on Apokolips for Galactus to feed on. He's mollified by Darkseid stating that he did it because it's in his nature - Galactus nods and states that he and Darkseid are NotSoDifferent, since feeding life energy from planets is also in his nature, and NotSoDifferent: both he and Darkseid are slaves to it.their basest drives.



** This tends to be why some regard Galactus more as neutral than evil. He does what he must to survive and can rightly be considered a higher being. He always keeps his word, pays his debts, and is willing to leave sentient beings alone or escape doomed planets as long as they don't bother him. He tends to show disgust at those who cause meaningless destruction like Tyrant and the Fallen One. And if it's one of his own that's causing it, he'll usually do something about it when someone brings it to his attention.
** On the other hand, for example, he also tried to kill every sentient being on Counter-Earth out of self-stated spite, simply because they had succeeded in killing a future version of himself in self-defense, which renders much of the above claims of his nobility and lack of pettiness null and void. In addition, it has been established that he can just as easily feed on stars or non-sentient cosmic energy sources instead of wiping out trillions of sentient beings, yet he only rarely does seek out such sources.



* EvenMoreOmnipotent: Whenever the Silver Surfer rebels, Galactus just [[NoSell No Sells]] all of his attacks. Or when any being he bequeathed with the Power Cosmic tries the same, for that matter. Galactus is able to take back their powers at will or override any actions they attempt to take.

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* EvenMoreOmnipotent: Whenever the Silver Surfer rebels, Galactus just [[NoSell No Sells]] all of his attacks. Or when any being he bequeathed with the Power Cosmic tries the same, for that matter.same - it's surprisingly common. Galactus is able to take back their powers at will or override any actions they attempt to take.



* ExactWords: As with any diety, be careful. Galactus is a RulesLawyer like any other god.

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* ExactWords: As with any diety, be careful. Galactus is a RulesLawyer like and will honor the ''word'' of any other god.pact he makes.



* TheFaceless: He's never been seen without his helmet on. Well, [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/0/378/98308-147721-galactus.jpg almost never]].
* [[{{UsefulNotes/FermiParadox}} Fermi Paradox]]: Reed Richards's answer to this paradox? [[spoiler: PlanetEater]] Galactus.

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* TheFaceless: He's never been seen without his helmet on. Well, [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/0/378/98308-147721-galactus.jpg almost never]].
He does have a face]], but he's far more recognizable with that helmet on.
* [[{{UsefulNotes/FermiParadox}} Fermi Paradox]]: Reed Richards's answer to this paradox? paradox is [[spoiler: PlanetEater]] Galactus.



* GreenLanternRing: The Power Cosmic.

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* GreenLanternRing: The Power Cosmic.Cosmic, as the name implies, can do just about anything. It's a lot more limited in the hands of other beings, who haven't had billions of years to perfect their technique.



** [[ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl Squirrel Girl's]] sciurine sidekick, Tippy-Toe, sees him as an enormous squirrel.



* LargeHam: To the degree where his dialogue in written entirely in capitalized letters.

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* LargeHam: To the degree where his His dialogue in written entirely in capitalized letters.letters, and usually for very good reason.



* NoSell: [[NighInvulnerability In a big way]]. Galactus has even shrugged off Darkseid's Omega Effect (which wasn't due to the Effect's power level not being enough, but the Effect must find the victim's weakness - Galactus has no such inherent weakness.[[note]]Darkseid thought that Galactus' concern for the Silver Surfer was out of pity, and ''that'' was his weakness. It was not pity, but pragmatism.[[/note]]) Galactus himself is not immune to being No Sell'd, including by The Marquis Of Death, Mikaboshi, and The Beyonder.

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* NoSell: [[NighInvulnerability In a big way]]. Galactus has even shrugged off Darkseid's Omega Effect (which wasn't due to Examples are innumerable, while exceptions can probably be counted on the Effect's power level not being enough, but the Effect must find the victim's weakness - Galactus has no such inherent weakness.[[note]]Darkseid thought that Galactus' concern for the Silver Surfer was out fingers of pity, and ''that'' was his weakness. It was not pity, but pragmatism.[[/note]]) Galactus himself is not immune to being No Sell'd, including by The Marquis Of Death, Mikaboshi, and The Beyonder.one hand.
29th Jan '17 7:22:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* IGaveMyWord: After his life was saved by Reed Richards, he promised never to attack Earth again, a promise he's kept thus far.

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* IGaveMyWord: IGaveMyWord:
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After his life was saved by Reed Richards, he promised never to attack Earth again, a promise he's kept thus far. far.
** He also gave his word regarding sparing Zenn La in exchange for Norrin Rad's servitude as his herald. After [[spoiler:the Surfer dies]], Galactus vows that neither he nor anyone else will ever harm the planet.
29th Jan '17 7:20:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* WorthyOpponent: Despite their antagonism after the Silver Surfer's rebellion, he deeply respects Norrin Radd for the sacrifice he made for his planet. Especially evident in ''Silver Surfer: Requiem'', where Galactus seems to basically regard himself and the surfer as a father and son who had a fall-out, [[spoiler:even comforting the Surfer in his last moments.]]
17th Jan '17 10:36:42 AM hectogon
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[[caption-width-right:315:"I am power incarnate! To Galactus, nothing is impossible!"]]

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[[caption-width-right:315:"I am power incarnate! To Galactus, nothing is impossible!"]]
[[caption-width-right:315:Big hat. Bigger appetite.]]
29th Dec '16 2:21:22 PM superkeijikun
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* EvilIsBigger: They don't get much bigger than Galactus, who is approximately the size of a planet.
24th Dec '16 7:38:09 PM Omnicron13
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** Once he got to the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe and was confronted by its version of the Vision, he outright called the DarkerAndEdgier universe broken.

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** Once he got to the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe and was confronted by its version of the Vision, he was disgusted and outright called the DarkerAndEdgier universe broken.
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