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First seen in ''The Sentry #1'' (September, 2000), Robert Reynolds was an overweight, middle aged, alcoholic until one day he awakens and realizes that he is the Sentry, a superhero with the power of '''one million exploding suns''', whom must once again take the mantle of the hero to fight his archnemesis the Void, who he fears is returning soon.

This rather strange origin story begun via a hoax that was perpetuated by StanLee himself in stating that there was a golden age superhero whom he just forgot about and wanted to weave into the continuity. Through a series of recursive flashbacks Robert Reynolds is seen fighting alongside Marvel's most popular superheroes including the Comicbook/FantasticFour, the [[IncredibleHulk Hulk]], and Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}, and the entirety of the Sentry's first miniseries revolves around figuring out why everyone has LaserGuidedAmnesia surrounding his existence.

His actual powers were bestowed upon him when a young Robert, while working in a physics lab, drank a serum that "moved his molecules 1 second ahead of the current timeline." It was later revealed that this was a newer version of the Super Soldier serum that transformed Captain America. [[spoiler: It was also revealed that Robert drank the serum to get high... higher than a million suns.]]

Seen as somewhat of an AlternateCompanyEquivalent of {{Superman}} due to his [[SuperpowerLottery seemingly limitless powers]], including: energy blasts, super strength, flight, and of course a hefty dose of NewPowersAsThePlotDemands.

'''WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD!'''

The Sentry while seeming like an InvincibleHero actually has many weaknesses due to his being AxCrazy (this is not expunged when Robert becomes the Sentry). Robert Reynolds is an agoraphobic, anxiety-ridden schizophrenic who relies on his robot sidekick CLOC to calculate the severity of problems that need his help, and solves them in order based on CLOC's input.

These mental problems culminate in [[spoiler: the [[TheReveal big reveal]] that Robert Reynolds is actually the Void, and the Sentry persona is but a guilt-born creation to counterbalance the evil that Reynolds commits;]] however, this origin story is constantly called into question throughout the Sentry's run.

Despite his death at the end of Dark Reign, the Sentry has been revealed to be returning as one of the Apocalypse Twins' new Horsemen in ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers''.

In terms of VideoGames, The Sentry was a playable character in MarvelUltimateAlliance 2 for NintendoDS and '''Marvel Super Hero Squad Online'''.

!!Tropes this character's series use:
* AlliterativeName: Robert Reynolds, though he usually goes by Bob.
* AntiChrist: The Void generally functions as this. Hiroim refers to him as a 'Worldbreaker', in contrast to [[TheMessiah 'The Sakaarson']].
* AxCrazy: As the Void.
* BackFromTheDead: While he's been resurrected several times, his most recent revival was [[spoiler:when the Apocalypse Twins revived him as one of their Four Horsemen of Death. It's not known if the Void has been revived as well.]]
* BadassBoast: From ''ComicBook/{{Siege}}'':
--> '''Sentry[=/=]Void''': How many gods will I have to kill today?
* BewareTheSuperman: Being omnipotent to such a degree is more than dangerous when also having such serious mental problems. As seen in ''Dark Reign'', he is very easily manipulable. And not to talk about what happens when the Void breaks out. Breaking literally every bone of the freakin' '''Hulk''', rampaging through New York or leveling the whole city of Asgard. And that's by far not everything that this psycho has unleashed during his life.
** After he survives being disintegrated, Bullseye wonders if, when he finally goes over the edge, they'll actually be able to kill him. [[spoiler: The answer is no, not unless he lets you.]]
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Sentry is psychotic, but [[ZigZaggedTrope not always evil]].
* BodyHorror: When he transforms into the Void, the results are usually monstrous.
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood: Shows both sides. He's a supergenius, but usually defaults to trying to smash things or throw them into the sun.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: He has an S-shaped sigil on his waist.
* BulletCatch: The Sentry once stopped an assassination attempt in this manner.
** [[http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/1586/sentry06oroboros003.jpg Catching bullets is cakewalk for the Sentry]].
* CareBearStare: The Sentry can emit a calming aura to help the Hulk manage his rage. Reed Richards tries to simulate this aura during ''WorldWarHulk'', but it doesn't work.
* CharacterShilling: Some of it's a consequence of him being a walking CosmicRetcon, the rest is just there for the usual reason.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The Sentry's eyes glow yellow when he uses most of his powers, blue when he's using his psychic powers, and red when the Void is about to emerge.
* CombatTentacles: Part of the Void's physical makeup, the tentacles are strong enough to restrain the Hulk and break his bones.
** In ''Siege'', they ''ripped Loki in half'' (and then maybe a few more pieces).
* ComicBookTime
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: The Void's wardrobe of choice throughout ''The Sentry'' limited series.
* TheCorrupter: NormanOsborn, who thoroughly abuses Bob's fragile mental state. It wasn't until Osborn provided the Sentry with another dose of the serum that the Void became the dominant personality.
* CurbStompBattle: Sentry has multiple examples of being the one issuing these out. One is Sentry vs. Ares during ''Siege''.
** His "battle" against Carnage was [[http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/1381/na0214.jpg all]] [[http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/4349/na0215.jpg too]] [[http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/4310/na0216.jpg easy]].
** The fight with Attuma? [[http://a.imageshack.us/img38/4729/ts01006.jpg Even easier]].
** What about Terrax, a guy who has given the '''Silver Surfer''' a run for his money? [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/2/24463/456043-sen_terrax_0_super.jpg Stopped]]. [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/2/24463/456045-sen_terrax_2_super.jpg Cold]].
** Iron Man? [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/1/14661/293722-160564-sentry.jpg Take a guess.]]
* DarkSecret: The truth behind the origin of the Sentry, kept between Bob and his wife, Lindy. [[spoiler: Bob was just a drug addict looking for a fix, not an innocent young man working in a physics lab. The Void is the manifestation of the part of him that is still that junkie.]]
* DeathIsCheap: Sentry had died and returned within the confines of a single issue, usually as a result of the Void's intervention.
* DemonSlaying
* DependingOnTheWriter: Sentry has something like eight different origins, and the level and type of his mental psychosis fluctuates from issue to issue. Even the Void seems to change from split personality to separate entity on alternating weekends. His level of power also goes up and down, from "stronger than Thor, but it'd still be a fair enough fight" to "could smash the entire planet into gravel with a single pushup."
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The Sentry has supposedly defeated Galactus either on his own or with the help of [[{{X-Man}} Nate Grey]]. Debatable given never really shown even in a flashback and the Sentry's unreliable history.
** And when Nate Grey mentioned it, he was quite possibly manipulating the Sentry, as he was in the middle of a fight with the Dark Avengers. And much like his dad and Cable, he's shown hints of being TheStrategist to an insane degree.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Bob finds out that some Yoga instructor is pulling some moves on his wife; sometime later, presumably, The Sentry saves 150.000 people from a crashing boat while The Void hurls a jet airliner into a building killing 150.000 people, Ramón the Yoga instructor was in that building.
* DrivenToSuicide: He's tried more than once.
* DrugsAreBad: Sentry tries his best to hide his drug-filled past from everyone he can.
* EldritchAbomination: The Void is hinted to be an angel of death from Biblical times.
* ElementalPowers: The Void can control the weather.
* EnemyWithout: The Void is capable of manifesting separately from the Sentry, and there have been occasions when the two have fought.
* EyeBeams: One of his myriad powers.
* {{Expy}}: His original series seems to be heavily inspired by Creator/{{Alan Moore}}'s rework of {{Marvelman}}/Miracleman. Both feature middle aged guys who are vaguely haunted by their past as the most powerful person on the planet. Down to details like being jealous of their super selves, their wives being more attracted to their other selves and their origins in a secret government program. Which makes the Sentry an {{Expy}} of a reworked {{Darker and Edgier}}{{Captain Ersatz}} of a {{Captain Ersatz}}, as {{Marvelman}} was a British copy of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], who was himself a copy of Superman. So he's like {{Superman}}'s fifth cousin twice removed.
* FallenHero
* {{Flight}}
* FromASingleCell: The Sentry has been blown into pieces by powerful enemies like Morgan Le Fey and the Molecule Man but his body always reconstitutes itself.
* FromNobodyToNightmare
* HandBlast
* [[spoiler: HeroKiller: Especially in Siege.]]
* HomeBase: The Sentry has the Watchtower, while the Void has the "hidey-hole" in Antarctica.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: After defeating the Void, Bob hurls it into the sun after giving it [[ScrewYourself a kiss]].
** Lampshaded in-comic: "I don't throw ''everything'' into the sun."
* IdealHero: ''The Sentry'' limited series reveals that the Sentry persona is actually Bob Reynolds' idealized version of himself: the handsome, invincible champion of the entire planet.
* IndecisiveDeconstruction: As time goes on, it gets increasingly hard to tell if his CharacterShilling is part of a clever commentary on the shifting nature of reality in comics or just the writers desperately trying to convince fans that Sentry's really a likeable and interesting character, honest.
* IntangibleMan: Part of the Void's power set.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Bob forcibly transforms into the Void after he loses control.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: Very much so for him! In fact, a number of readers pointed out the UnfortunateImplications of this.
** Generally he's (mentally speaking) like a young child, often asking if what he did was right, so it makes sense that he would lash out when he's angry/upset.
* MadeOfIron: [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_39-VfFoO9u0/TNoAmZQjnAI/AAAAAAAACew/CHcpYpVx22o/s1600/sentry_thing_1.jpg The Thing throws his best punch at Sentry]]. There was probably more pain in Thing's hand than in Sentry's body.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: A reluctant Thor puts Bob out of his misery at the end of ''Siege''.]]
* TheMessiah: Wants to be, and on his better days is, this trope
* MindRape: If beating an opponent to a pulp with fists won't do the trick, Bob will resort to this. [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/10/101644/2033272-71222830_super.jpg He'll even make the victim see him as the Void and not the Sentry.]]
** What if a foe has Wolverine's healing factor and unbreakable bones and Luke Cage's unbreakable skin? Sentry won't even blink and [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/10/101644/2057933-69082994.jpg will let the mind rape commence]].
* MultipleChoicePast: In truth, it is still not clear ''exactly'' what the relationship is between Bob Reynolds, the Sentry and the Void (Is the Void the real Bob Reynolds, or is the Sentry, or is neither, or are they both?), exactly what the serum was he took or even whether it actually ''did'' anything, what the exact nature and source of his powers is (I am a superhuman! I am actually the angel of Death! I am a refugee from another universe! I am Galactus!), how the Void really came into existence and whether he is really dead. This, of course, fits in very nicely with the notion that the Sentry is bugnuts insane and genuinely does not know what happened, and perhaps subconsciously even alters reality to suit whatever his psychosis says is the real story that day!
* NeckSnap: Thor snapped the Sentry's neck in a ''What If?'' centered around ''SecretInvasion''.
* TheNeedless
* NighInvulnerability: To an absolutely ''insane'' degree. He was bodily disintegrated by both Morgana leFay and Molecule Man, and simply ''re-appeared with no explanation''. When he tried to commit suicide by flying into the sun, he was already swimming in superheated solar plasma when his evil self basically said "Don't be silly, kiddo".
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown
* OffWithHisHead: The Sentry killed SubMariner villain Attuma in this manner.
** Sentry rips the head off things quite a bit. Not just fodder opponents either. [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/2/24463/456049-sen_rips_u_super.jpg Even Ultron's head isn't safe from the Golden Guardian of Good]].
** And Morgan Le Fey.
* TheOmnipotent: He has a power level on par with the [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Molecule Man]]. Meaning: He is actually even more powerful than the Beyonder.
** No, that is not what it means - the Molecule Man was always the second fiddle to the Beyonder. There were, however, fans who contended that 'Robert Reynolds' has all the letters of 'Beyonder' in itů
* [[spoiler:OurAngelsAreDifferent: The Void has been around since Biblical times as the Angel of Death.]]
* PlayingWithFire: And what powerful fire it is.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: In his miniseries, the Sentry actually bled after being bitten by a dog. By the time ''Siege'' rolled around, Bob was shrugging off blows from Thor's hammer without a scratch on him.
** This could be something to do with his psychosis, as his strength levels yo-yo almost as much as Gladiator's.
* PowerGlows: He's not called the "Golden Guardian of Good" for nothing.
* PsychicPowers: The Sentry has shown psychic powers strong enough to give Comicbook/DoctorStrange pause. It is believed that Bob used this power to erase the entire planet's memory of the Sentry, including his own.
* PsychoSerum: The serum that gave Bob his powers was a new version of the Super Soldier serum [[UpToEleven amplified 100,000 fold]]. According to ''The Sentry'' limited series, Bob became the insane Void persona from the moment he injested the serum.
* RapidFireFisticuffs
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Sentry's pupils start to glow red when the Void is about to emerge, while the rest of his eyes turn [[BlackEyesOfCrazy pitch black]].
* {{Retcon}}: Sentry is retconed into having been an important person to many [[CharacterTitle title characters]] in the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks silver age]].
* SamaritanSyndrome
* SealedBadassInACan: The Sentry was voluntarily imprisoned at the start of the ''New Avengers'' series, sporting a scraggly BeardOfSorrow.
* SexierAlterEgo: Bob's wife, Lindy, prefers sleeping with him while he's in Sentry form.
* ShapingYourAttacks: A rarer skill, the Sentry can create yellow HardLight constructs similar to ComicBook/{{Quasar}}'s quantum constructs. In a fight against Terrax, Sentry created a bubble construct to block the Herald's HandBlast.
* ShockwaveClap: One of the Sentry's attacks. He uses this one against a bunch of the Void's attack drones in ''The Sentry #8''.
** He may have picked it up from or taught it to his buddy, TheIncredibleHulk.
* SpeechBubbles: The Void's speech bubbles are black with white lettering, the exact opposite of the Sentry's and most other characters.
* SpeedBlitz
* SplitPersonality: The Sentry (good) and the Void (evil). The relationship between them is described as a [[AGodAmI god complex]]: every time Sentry did something good, Void did something equally evil.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Sentry only gets stronger with time. He cannot be completely destroyed (see his immortality trope entry) and can exchange punches with Hulk and Thor. Sentry can impress even Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme, with his psychic and telepathic abilities and possesses molecular manipulation on the same level as Molecule Man. Moving faster than the speed of light is a simple matter for Sentry and he can travel distances in seconds that even the speedier characters require minutes for. The only weakness Bob has is his unstable mind but making use of this weakness is a huge gamble even for master manipulators because they risk releasing the Void.
** Sentry while either completely stable mentally or Voided out is a true monster to behold. Sentry's strength depends on his mental stability and Sentry managed to fight World War Hulk after being consumed by his agoraphobia for 29 hours, showing even a weakened Sentry is a force to be reckoned with. The Void managed to [[spoiler: rampage through Asgard and topple foes such as Thor and Ares]] in ''Siege'', and he was just getting started. When Void was not as powerful, he was still able to break every single bone in the Hulk's body.
* SuperReflexes
* SuperSenses
* SuperSpeed: Sentry can fly to the Sun and back in seconds.
* SuperStrength: The Sentry is one of the strongest heroes in the MarvelUniverse, capable of matching strength with the Hulk, [[TheMightyThor Thor]], and [[IncredibleHercules Hercules]]. The Void's strength is enough to break almost every bone in the Hulk's body.
* SuperheroesWearCapes
* SuperheroesWearTights
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: The Void
* {{Teleportation}}
* TookALevelInBadass: The Void began taking on larger, more powerful forms leading up to ''Siege'', possibly due to the second dose of serum provided by Norman Osborn. Before, during the ''Sentry'' miniseries, the Void seemed to be limited to humanoid size at best.
* UnskilledButStrong: With the Mighty Avengers, Sentry is stated outright to be the strongest member, but held back by his lack of skill.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Unlike the Sentry, the Void can shapeshift at will, sometimes taking the form of whatever its opponents fear most.
* WillfullyWeak: Possessing incredible power, the Sentry holds back because he's afraid of losing control.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: A poster boy. It was suggested by characters that Sentry is addicted to his power, which stems from his past as a junkee.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Gives a brief one during the events of World War Hulk. The Hulk contends that the Sentry doesn't want to fight him. The response (paraphrased): "God help me, I do...because you're the only one I can hit like ''[[MegatonPunch this]]''."
* WorldsStrongestMan: The Sentry is without question a heavy contender for this title and Marvel has no problem with making characters say so. [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/10/101644/2057926-silentwar002016.jpg Karnak calls him "Earth's most powerful warrior."]]
* WouldHitAGirl: And kill a girl, too. [[http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/3853/davsentry1.jpg Violently]].
* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood
* YourCheatingHeart: Lindy has this issue in The Sentry V2, besides preferring the Sentry persona instead of ol' Bob, she also had to cope with her husband's unstable presence by seeking an affair with her Yoga instructor Ramón.

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First seen in ''The Sentry #1'' (September, 2000), Robert Reynolds was an overweight, middle aged, alcoholic until one day he awakens and realizes that he is the Sentry, a superhero with the power of '''one million exploding suns''', whom must once again take the mantle of the hero to fight his archnemesis the Void, who he fears is returning soon.

This rather strange origin story begun via a hoax that was perpetuated by StanLee himself in stating that there was a golden age superhero whom he just forgot about and wanted to weave into the continuity. Through a series of recursive flashbacks Robert Reynolds is seen fighting alongside Marvel's most popular superheroes including the Comicbook/FantasticFour, the [[IncredibleHulk Hulk]], and Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}, and the entirety of the Sentry's first miniseries revolves around figuring out why everyone has LaserGuidedAmnesia surrounding his existence.

His actual powers were bestowed upon him when a young Robert, while working in a physics lab, drank a serum that "moved his molecules 1 second ahead of the current timeline." It was later revealed that this was a newer version of the Super Soldier serum that transformed Captain America. [[spoiler: It was also revealed that Robert drank the serum to get high... higher than a million suns.]]

Seen as somewhat of an AlternateCompanyEquivalent of {{Superman}} due to his [[SuperpowerLottery seemingly limitless powers]], including: energy blasts, super strength, flight, and of course a hefty dose of NewPowersAsThePlotDemands.

'''WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD!'''

The Sentry while seeming like an InvincibleHero actually has many weaknesses due to his being AxCrazy (this is not expunged when Robert becomes the Sentry). Robert Reynolds is an agoraphobic, anxiety-ridden schizophrenic who relies on his robot sidekick CLOC to calculate the severity of problems that need his help, and solves them in order based on CLOC's input.

These mental problems culminate in [[spoiler: the [[TheReveal big reveal]] that Robert Reynolds is actually the Void, and the Sentry persona is but a guilt-born creation to counterbalance the evil that Reynolds commits;]] however, this origin story is constantly called into question throughout the Sentry's run.

Despite his death at the end of Dark Reign, the Sentry has been revealed to be returning as one of the Apocalypse Twins' new Horsemen in ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers''.

In terms of VideoGames, The Sentry was a playable character in MarvelUltimateAlliance 2 for NintendoDS and '''Marvel Super Hero Squad Online'''.

!!Tropes this character's series use:
* AlliterativeName: Robert Reynolds, though he usually goes by Bob.
* AntiChrist: The Void generally functions as this. Hiroim refers to him as a 'Worldbreaker', in contrast to [[TheMessiah 'The Sakaarson']].
* AxCrazy: As the Void.
* BackFromTheDead: While he's been resurrected several times, his most recent revival was [[spoiler:when the Apocalypse Twins revived him as one of their Four Horsemen of Death. It's not known if the Void has been revived as well.]]
* BadassBoast: From ''ComicBook/{{Siege}}'':
--> '''Sentry[=/=]Void''': How many gods will I have to kill today?
* BewareTheSuperman: Being omnipotent to such a degree is more than dangerous when also having such serious mental problems. As seen in ''Dark Reign'', he is very easily manipulable. And not to talk about what happens when the Void breaks out. Breaking literally every bone of the freakin' '''Hulk''', rampaging through New York or leveling the whole city of Asgard. And that's by far not everything that this psycho has unleashed during his life.
** After he survives being disintegrated, Bullseye wonders if, when he finally goes over the edge, they'll actually be able to kill him. [[spoiler: The answer is no, not unless he lets you.]]
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Sentry is psychotic, but [[ZigZaggedTrope not always evil]].
* BodyHorror: When he transforms into the Void, the results are usually monstrous.
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood: Shows both sides. He's a supergenius, but usually defaults to trying to smash things or throw them into the sun.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: He has an S-shaped sigil on his waist.
* BulletCatch: The Sentry once stopped an assassination attempt in this manner.
** [[http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/1586/sentry06oroboros003.jpg Catching bullets is cakewalk for the Sentry]].
* CareBearStare: The Sentry can emit a calming aura to help the Hulk manage his rage. Reed Richards tries to simulate this aura during ''WorldWarHulk'', but it doesn't work.
* CharacterShilling: Some of it's a consequence of him being a walking CosmicRetcon, the rest is just there for the usual reason.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The Sentry's eyes glow yellow when he uses most of his powers, blue when he's using his psychic powers, and red when the Void is about to emerge.
* CombatTentacles: Part of the Void's physical makeup, the tentacles are strong enough to restrain the Hulk and break his bones.
** In ''Siege'', they ''ripped Loki in half'' (and then maybe a few more pieces).
* ComicBookTime
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: The Void's wardrobe of choice throughout ''The Sentry'' limited series.
* TheCorrupter: NormanOsborn, who thoroughly abuses Bob's fragile mental state. It wasn't until Osborn provided the Sentry with another dose of the serum that the Void became the dominant personality.
* CurbStompBattle: Sentry has multiple examples of being the one issuing these out. One is Sentry vs. Ares during ''Siege''.
** His "battle" against Carnage was [[http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/1381/na0214.jpg all]] [[http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/4349/na0215.jpg too]] [[http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/4310/na0216.jpg easy]].
** The fight with Attuma? [[http://a.imageshack.us/img38/4729/ts01006.jpg Even easier]].
** What about Terrax, a guy who has given the '''Silver Surfer''' a run for his money? [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/2/24463/456043-sen_terrax_0_super.jpg Stopped]]. [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/2/24463/456045-sen_terrax_2_super.jpg Cold]].
** Iron Man? [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/1/14661/293722-160564-sentry.jpg Take a guess.]]
* DarkSecret: The truth behind the origin of the Sentry, kept between Bob and his wife, Lindy. [[spoiler: Bob was just a drug addict looking for a fix, not an innocent young man working in a physics lab. The Void is the manifestation of the part of him that is still that junkie.]]
* DeathIsCheap: Sentry had died and returned within the confines of a single issue, usually as a result of the Void's intervention.
* DemonSlaying
* DependingOnTheWriter: Sentry has something like eight different origins, and the level and type of his mental psychosis fluctuates from issue to issue. Even the Void seems to change from split personality to separate entity on alternating weekends. His level of power also goes up and down, from "stronger than Thor, but it'd still be a fair enough fight" to "could smash the entire planet into gravel with a single pushup."
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The Sentry has supposedly defeated Galactus either on his own or with the help of [[{{X-Man}} Nate Grey]]. Debatable given never really shown even in a flashback and the Sentry's unreliable history.
** And when Nate Grey mentioned it, he was quite possibly manipulating the Sentry, as he was in the middle of a fight with the Dark Avengers. And much like his dad and Cable, he's shown hints of being TheStrategist to an insane degree.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Bob finds out that some Yoga instructor is pulling some moves on his wife; sometime later, presumably, The Sentry saves 150.000 people from a crashing boat while The Void hurls a jet airliner into a building killing 150.000 people, Ramón the Yoga instructor was in that building.
* DrivenToSuicide: He's tried more than once.
* DrugsAreBad: Sentry tries his best to hide his drug-filled past from everyone he can.
* EldritchAbomination: The Void is hinted to be an angel of death from Biblical times.
* ElementalPowers: The Void can control the weather.
* EnemyWithout: The Void is capable of manifesting separately from the Sentry, and there have been occasions when the two have fought.
* EyeBeams: One of his myriad powers.
* {{Expy}}: His original series seems to be heavily inspired by Creator/{{Alan Moore}}'s rework of {{Marvelman}}/Miracleman. Both feature middle aged guys who are vaguely haunted by their past as the most powerful person on the planet. Down to details like being jealous of their super selves, their wives being more attracted to their other selves and their origins in a secret government program. Which makes the Sentry an {{Expy}} of a reworked {{Darker and Edgier}}{{Captain Ersatz}} of a {{Captain Ersatz}}, as {{Marvelman}} was a British copy of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], who was himself a copy of Superman. So he's like {{Superman}}'s fifth cousin twice removed.
* FallenHero
* {{Flight}}
* FromASingleCell: The Sentry has been blown into pieces by powerful enemies like Morgan Le Fey and the Molecule Man but his body always reconstitutes itself.
* FromNobodyToNightmare
* HandBlast
* [[spoiler: HeroKiller: Especially in Siege.]]
* HomeBase: The Sentry has the Watchtower, while the Void has the "hidey-hole" in Antarctica.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: After defeating the Void, Bob hurls it into the sun after giving it [[ScrewYourself a kiss]].
** Lampshaded in-comic: "I don't throw ''everything'' into the sun."
* IdealHero: ''The Sentry'' limited series reveals that the Sentry persona is actually Bob Reynolds' idealized version of himself: the handsome, invincible champion of the entire planet.
* IndecisiveDeconstruction: As time goes on, it gets increasingly hard to tell if his CharacterShilling is part of a clever commentary on the shifting nature of reality in comics or just the writers desperately trying to convince fans that Sentry's really a likeable and interesting character, honest.
* IntangibleMan: Part of the Void's power set.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Bob forcibly transforms into the Void after he loses control.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: Very much so for him! In fact, a number of readers pointed out the UnfortunateImplications of this.
** Generally he's (mentally speaking) like a young child, often asking if what he did was right, so it makes sense that he would lash out when he's angry/upset.
* MadeOfIron: [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_39-VfFoO9u0/TNoAmZQjnAI/AAAAAAAACew/CHcpYpVx22o/s1600/sentry_thing_1.jpg The Thing throws his best punch at Sentry]]. There was probably more pain in Thing's hand than in Sentry's body.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: A reluctant Thor puts Bob out of his misery at the end of ''Siege''.]]
* TheMessiah: Wants to be, and on his better days is, this trope
* MindRape: If beating an opponent to a pulp with fists won't do the trick, Bob will resort to this. [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/10/101644/2033272-71222830_super.jpg He'll even make the victim see him as the Void and not the Sentry.]]
** What if a foe has Wolverine's healing factor and unbreakable bones and Luke Cage's unbreakable skin? Sentry won't even blink and [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/10/101644/2057933-69082994.jpg will let the mind rape commence]].
* MultipleChoicePast: In truth, it is still not clear ''exactly'' what the relationship is between Bob Reynolds, the Sentry and the Void (Is the Void the real Bob Reynolds, or is the Sentry, or is neither, or are they both?), exactly what the serum was he took or even whether it actually ''did'' anything, what the exact nature and source of his powers is (I am a superhuman! I am actually the angel of Death! I am a refugee from another universe! I am Galactus!), how the Void really came into existence and whether he is really dead. This, of course, fits in very nicely with the notion that the Sentry is bugnuts insane and genuinely does not know what happened, and perhaps subconsciously even alters reality to suit whatever his psychosis says is the real story that day!
* NeckSnap: Thor snapped the Sentry's neck in a ''What If?'' centered around ''SecretInvasion''.
* TheNeedless
* NighInvulnerability: To an absolutely ''insane'' degree. He was bodily disintegrated by both Morgana leFay and Molecule Man, and simply ''re-appeared with no explanation''. When he tried to commit suicide by flying into the sun, he was already swimming in superheated solar plasma when his evil self basically said "Don't be silly, kiddo".
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown
* OffWithHisHead: The Sentry killed SubMariner villain Attuma in this manner.
** Sentry rips the head off things quite a bit. Not just fodder opponents either. [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/2/24463/456049-sen_rips_u_super.jpg Even Ultron's head isn't safe from the Golden Guardian of Good]].
** And Morgan Le Fey.
* TheOmnipotent: He has a power level on par with the [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Molecule Man]]. Meaning: He is actually even more powerful than the Beyonder.
** No, that is not what it means - the Molecule Man was always the second fiddle to the Beyonder. There were, however, fans who contended that 'Robert Reynolds' has all the letters of 'Beyonder' in itů
* [[spoiler:OurAngelsAreDifferent: The Void has been around since Biblical times as the Angel of Death.]]
* PlayingWithFire: And what powerful fire it is.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: In his miniseries, the Sentry actually bled after being bitten by a dog. By the time ''Siege'' rolled around, Bob was shrugging off blows from Thor's hammer without a scratch on him.
** This could be something to do with his psychosis, as his strength levels yo-yo almost as much as Gladiator's.
* PowerGlows: He's not called the "Golden Guardian of Good" for nothing.
* PsychicPowers: The Sentry has shown psychic powers strong enough to give Comicbook/DoctorStrange pause. It is believed that Bob used this power to erase the entire planet's memory of the Sentry, including his own.
* PsychoSerum: The serum that gave Bob his powers was a new version of the Super Soldier serum [[UpToEleven amplified 100,000 fold]]. According to ''The Sentry'' limited series, Bob became the insane Void persona from the moment he injested the serum.
* RapidFireFisticuffs
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Sentry's pupils start to glow red when the Void is about to emerge, while the rest of his eyes turn [[BlackEyesOfCrazy pitch black]].
* {{Retcon}}: Sentry is retconed into having been an important person to many [[CharacterTitle title characters]] in the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks silver age]].
* SamaritanSyndrome
* SealedBadassInACan: The Sentry was voluntarily imprisoned at the start of the ''New Avengers'' series, sporting a scraggly BeardOfSorrow.
* SexierAlterEgo: Bob's wife, Lindy, prefers sleeping with him while he's in Sentry form.
* ShapingYourAttacks: A rarer skill, the Sentry can create yellow HardLight constructs similar to ComicBook/{{Quasar}}'s quantum constructs. In a fight against Terrax, Sentry created a bubble construct to block the Herald's HandBlast.
* ShockwaveClap: One of the Sentry's attacks. He uses this one against a bunch of the Void's attack drones in ''The Sentry #8''.
** He may have picked it up from or taught it to his buddy, TheIncredibleHulk.
* SpeechBubbles: The Void's speech bubbles are black with white lettering, the exact opposite of the Sentry's and most other characters.
* SpeedBlitz
* SplitPersonality: The Sentry (good) and the Void (evil). The relationship between them is described as a [[AGodAmI god complex]]: every time Sentry did something good, Void did something equally evil.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Sentry only gets stronger with time. He cannot be completely destroyed (see his immortality trope entry) and can exchange punches with Hulk and Thor. Sentry can impress even Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme, with his psychic and telepathic abilities and possesses molecular manipulation on the same level as Molecule Man. Moving faster than the speed of light is a simple matter for Sentry and he can travel distances in seconds that even the speedier characters require minutes for. The only weakness Bob has is his unstable mind but making use of this weakness is a huge gamble even for master manipulators because they risk releasing the Void.
** Sentry while either completely stable mentally or Voided out is a true monster to behold. Sentry's strength depends on his mental stability and Sentry managed to fight World War Hulk after being consumed by his agoraphobia for 29 hours, showing even a weakened Sentry is a force to be reckoned with. The Void managed to [[spoiler: rampage through Asgard and topple foes such as Thor and Ares]] in ''Siege'', and he was just getting started. When Void was not as powerful, he was still able to break every single bone in the Hulk's body.
* SuperReflexes
* SuperSenses
* SuperSpeed: Sentry can fly to the Sun and back in seconds.
* SuperStrength: The Sentry is one of the strongest heroes in the MarvelUniverse, capable of matching strength with the Hulk, [[TheMightyThor Thor]], and [[IncredibleHercules Hercules]]. The Void's strength is enough to break almost every bone in the Hulk's body.
* SuperheroesWearCapes
* SuperheroesWearTights
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: The Void
* {{Teleportation}}
* TookALevelInBadass: The Void began taking on larger, more powerful forms leading up to ''Siege'', possibly due to the second dose of serum provided by Norman Osborn. Before, during the ''Sentry'' miniseries, the Void seemed to be limited to humanoid size at best.
* UnskilledButStrong: With the Mighty Avengers, Sentry is stated outright to be the strongest member, but held back by his lack of skill.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Unlike the Sentry, the Void can shapeshift at will, sometimes taking the form of whatever its opponents fear most.
* WillfullyWeak: Possessing incredible power, the Sentry holds back because he's afraid of losing control.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: A poster boy. It was suggested by characters that Sentry is addicted to his power, which stems from his past as a junkee.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Gives a brief one during the events of World War Hulk. The Hulk contends that the Sentry doesn't want to fight him. The response (paraphrased): "God help me, I do...because you're the only one I can hit like ''[[MegatonPunch this]]''."
* WorldsStrongestMan: The Sentry is without question a heavy contender for this title and Marvel has no problem with making characters say so. [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/10/101644/2057926-silentwar002016.jpg Karnak calls him "Earth's most powerful warrior."]]
* WouldHitAGirl: And kill a girl, too. [[http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/3853/davsentry1.jpg Violently]].
* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood
* YourCheatingHeart: Lindy has this issue in The Sentry V2, besides preferring the Sentry persona instead of ol' Bob, she also had to cope with her husband's unstable presence by seeking an affair with her Yoga instructor Ramón.

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13th Feb '14 2:58:01 AM Arawn999
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* BackFromTheDead: While he's been resurrected several times, his most recent revival was [[spoiler:when the Apocalypse Twins revived him as one of their Four Horsemen of Death. It's not known if the Void has been revived as well.]]
21st Jan '14 5:04:57 PM nombretomado
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* {{Expy}}: His original series seems to be heavily inspired by {{Alan Moore}}'s rework of {{Marvelman}}/Miracleman. Both feature middle aged guys who are vaguely haunted by their past as the most powerful person on the planet. Down to details like being jealous of their super selves, their wives being more attracted to their other selves and their origins in a secret government program. Which makes the Sentry an {{Expy}} of a reworked {{Darker and Edgier}}{{Captain Ersatz}} of a {{Captain Ersatz}}, as {{Marvelman}} was a British copy of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], who was himself a copy of Superman. So he's like {{Superman}}'s fifth cousin twice removed.

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* {{Expy}}: His original series seems to be heavily inspired by {{Alan Creator/{{Alan Moore}}'s rework of {{Marvelman}}/Miracleman. Both feature middle aged guys who are vaguely haunted by their past as the most powerful person on the planet. Down to details like being jealous of their super selves, their wives being more attracted to their other selves and their origins in a secret government program. Which makes the Sentry an {{Expy}} of a reworked {{Darker and Edgier}}{{Captain Ersatz}} of a {{Captain Ersatz}}, as {{Marvelman}} was a British copy of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], who was himself a copy of Superman. So he's like {{Superman}}'s fifth cousin twice removed.
3rd Jan '14 1:54:43 PM keithboynton
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: If you're one of the very few who can escape from him, [[http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/3343/sentrip1.png you probably should]].
3rd Dec '13 11:34:13 AM Gregzilla
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* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Sentry is psychotic.

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* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Sentry is psychotic.psychotic, but [[ZigZaggedTrope not always evil]].



* CharacterShilling: Oh, you bet. Some of it's a consequence of him being a walking CosmicRetcon, the rest is just there for the usual reason.

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* CharacterShilling: Oh, you bet. Some of it's a consequence of him being a walking CosmicRetcon, the rest is just there for the usual reason.



** This origin is likely going to be retconned at some point. One fan theory is that the Sentry is so powerful and so bugnuts crazy that he's unconsciously rewriting history to fit whatever his psychosis decides his origin is this week.



* {{Expy}}: His original series seems to be heavily inspired by {{Alan Moore}}'s rework of {{Marvelman}}/Miracleman. Both feature middle aged guys who are vaguely haunted by their past as the most powerful person on the planet. Down to details like being jealous of their super selves, their wives being more attracted to their other selves and their origins in a secret government program. Which makes the Sentry an {{Expy}} of a reworked {{Darker and Edgier}}{{Captain Ersatz}} of a {{Captain Ersatz}}, as {{Marvelman}} was a British copy of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], who was himself a copy of Superman. So he's like {{Superman}}'s fifth cousin twice removed. Or something.

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* {{Expy}}: His original series seems to be heavily inspired by {{Alan Moore}}'s rework of {{Marvelman}}/Miracleman. Both feature middle aged guys who are vaguely haunted by their past as the most powerful person on the planet. Down to details like being jealous of their super selves, their wives being more attracted to their other selves and their origins in a secret government program. Which makes the Sentry an {{Expy}} of a reworked {{Darker and Edgier}}{{Captain Ersatz}} of a {{Captain Ersatz}}, as {{Marvelman}} was a British copy of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], who was himself a copy of Superman. So he's like {{Superman}}'s fifth cousin twice removed. Or something.



* [[spoiler: HeroKiller]]

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* [[spoiler: HeroKiller]]HeroKiller: Especially in Siege.]]



* [[spoiler: OurAngelsAreDifferent: The Void has been around since Biblical times as the Angel of Death.]]

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* [[spoiler: OurAngelsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:OurAngelsAreDifferent: The Void has been around since Biblical times as the Angel of Death.]]



** He generally seems to enjoy that particular fight.
* WorldsStrongestMan: The Sentry is without question a heavy contender for this title and Marvel has no problem with making characters say so.
** [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/10/101644/2057926-silentwar002016.jpg Karnak calls him "Earth's most powerful warrior."]]

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** He generally seems to enjoy that particular fight.
* WorldsStrongestMan: The Sentry is without question a heavy contender for this title and Marvel has no problem with making characters say so.
**
so. [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/10/101644/2057926-silentwar002016.jpg Karnak calls him "Earth's most powerful warrior."]]
1st Dec '13 10:22:27 PM A.vonZiggurat
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* CharacterShilling: Oh, you bet. Some of it's a consequence of him being a walking CosmicRetcon, the rest is just there for the usual reason.


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* IndecisiveDeconstruction: As time goes on, it gets increasingly hard to tell if his CharacterShilling is part of a clever commentary on the shifting nature of reality in comics or just the writers desperately trying to convince fans that Sentry's really a likeable and interesting character, honest.
21st Nov '13 1:44:31 AM Eagal
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* MegatonPunch



* ViolenceIsTheOnlyAnswer
21st Nov '13 1:43:48 AM Eagal
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* KarmicDeath: Ramón, the Yoga instructor who was having an affair with Lindy, just happened to be in his apartment when a jet airliner "mysteriously" crashed at the building that he and other 149.999 people were in.
6th Nov '13 9:15:38 PM Arawn444
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--> '''Sentry''': How many gods will I have to kill today?
* BewareTheSuperman: Being omnipotent to such a degree is more than dangerous when also having such serious mental problems. As seen in Dark Reign, he is very easily manipulable. And not to talk about what happens when the Void breaks out. Breaking literally every bone of the freakin' '''Hulk''', rampaging through New York or leveling the whole city of Asgard. And that's by far not everything that this psycho has unleashed during his life.
** After he survives being disintegrated, Bullseye wonders if, when he finally goes over the edge, they'll actually be able to kill him. [[spoiler: The answer is no, not unless he lets you]].
* BlondeGuysAreEvil
* BodyHorror

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--> '''Sentry''': '''Sentry[=/=]Void''': How many gods will I have to kill today?
* BewareTheSuperman: Being omnipotent to such a degree is more than dangerous when also having such serious mental problems. As seen in Dark Reign, ''Dark Reign'', he is very easily manipulable. And not to talk about what happens when the Void breaks out. Breaking literally every bone of the freakin' '''Hulk''', rampaging through New York or leveling the whole city of Asgard. And that's by far not everything that this psycho has unleashed during his life.
** After he survives being disintegrated, Bullseye wonders if, when he finally goes over the edge, they'll actually be able to kill him. [[spoiler: The answer is no, not unless he lets you]].
you.]]
* BlondeGuysAreEvil
BlondeGuysAreEvil: Sentry is psychotic.
* BodyHorrorBodyHorror: When he transforms into the Void, the results are usually monstrous.



* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS

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* BroughtToYouByTheLetterSBroughtToYouByTheLetterS: He has an S-shaped sigil on his waist.



* EyeBeams

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* EyeBeamsEnemyWithout: The Void is capable of manifesting separately from the Sentry, and there have been occasions when the two have fought.
* EyeBeams: One of his myriad powers.



** No, that is not what it means - the Molecule Man was always the second fiddle to the Beyonder. There were, however, fans who contended that 'Robert Reynolds' has all the letters of 'Beyonder' in it...

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** No, that is not what it means - the Molecule Man was always the second fiddle to the Beyonder. There were, however, fans who contended that 'Robert Reynolds' has all the letters of 'Beyonder' in it...itů
* [[spoiler: OurAngelsAreDifferent: The Void has been around since Biblical times as the Angel of Death.]]
15th Oct '13 3:46:53 AM A.vonZiggurat
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* PowerfulButUnskilled: [[TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] exploits this against him. Among [[GroinAttack other things.]]
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