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Comicbook: The Vision
"Behold...the Vision!"
If you're looking for the Young Avengers version of Vision, go here.

The Vision is a Marvel Comics superhero created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema. A synthetic humanoid built from the remains of the android Human Torch, the Vision made his debut in The Avengers #57 (October, 1968) as a creation of the super-villain Ultron. The Vision is convinced to rebel against his creator after encountering The Avengers, who invite him to join the team. Named by the The Wasp, who described him as an "unearthly, inhuman vision", the Vision becomes one of Avengers' longest-serving members until his death during Avengers Disassembled. He came Back from the Dead a few years later and once again features in Avengers books.

Comics
  • The Vision and the Scarlet Witch vol. 1 (1982-1983)
  • The Vision and the Scarlet Witch vol. 2 (1985-1986)
  • The Vision vol. 1 (1994-1995)
  • The Vision vol. 2 (2002-2003)

Storylines

Film

Video Games

Western Animation


Tropes seen in these series include:

  • Battle Couple: Vision and Scarlet Witch
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In The Vision and the Scarlet Witch, it was his suggestion that Wanda use magic to make herself pregnant. That one suggestion became the basis for years of traumatic stories for both of them.
  • Becoming the Costume: Three trick-or-treaters were transformed into a ghost, a goblin, and a Jack O'Lantern headed monster in The Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1 after Samhein escapes from the Druid Tome.
  • Best Served Cold: Dr. I.S. Bishoff, aka the supervillain Isbisa, waited thirty years to take revenge on Robert Frank.
  • Blinded by the Light: The Vision can emit a flash of solar energy from his forehead jewel bright enough to temporarily blind Thor.
  • Boom, Headshot: Battling three children transformed into their costumes during Halloween, the Vision violently blasts the pumpkinheaded "Jack O'Lantern" right in the head, blasting it into pieces. Instead of killing the child, the shot actually broke the spell and returned the child to normal.
  • Brain Uploading: The Vision originally possessed the brain patterns of Simon Williams, the then-deceased hero known as Wonder Man. Later, after the U.S. government dismantles him, the rebuilt Vision would use the brain patterns of the dead scientist Alex Lipton until Simon's patterns reemerge.
  • The Chew Toy: Because he can always be rebuilt or have his memories restored, he gets killed a lot. In JLA/Avengers he's the only hero who appears to be dead at the end, and his friends barely show any concern, with Thor telling Superman that the Avengers scientists have fixed him before and can do it again.
  • Comic Book Fantasy Casting: An earlier example, the Vision's features were modeled on Leonard Nimoy.
  • The Computer Is Your Friend
  • Continuity Snarl: Was the Vision's body rebuilt from the 1940's Human Torch? Avengers Forever spends an inordinate amount of time untangling this question. (The answer: Immortus used Applied Phlebotinum to allow the Human Torch's body to exist twice in the same timeline, one of which was used to build the Vision and the other of which remained the Torch.)
  • Decomposite Character: In the Ultimate Marvel universe, there are three different versions of the Vision. The first and most prominent was an alien android, the second was a helper robot created by Hank Pym, and the third was an African-American prodigy named Robert Mitchell who was turned into a cyborg by Nick Fury.
  • Empty Shell: Averted. Ultron-5 designed the Vision to be a "nameless, soulless imitation", but the synthezoid's time with the Avengers gave him a name and a purpose. Vision did spend a brief period in The Nineties as an Empty Shell after being taken apart and rebuilt.
  • Eye Beams: The Vision can fire solar energy beams from his "thermo-scopic eyes".
  • Fantastic Racism: The Vision ran into a group of angry citizens in Avengers #59 who claimed that he was too "awful" to walk the streets with "decent folk". One woman shielded her child with her body while an older man said that "crummy androids" should be strung up by their jumper cables.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Moving into a new neightborhood after leaving the Avengers, the Vision and Wanda had a good laugh in The Vision and Scarlet Witch #1 once the townpeople felt comfortable enough to approach the couple. The night: Halloween.
  • Flight: Vision can fly by lowering his density to minimal levels.
  • Gender Flip: The Ultimate Vision is a woman, as well as The Falcon's lover.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Vision experiences this at the hands of She-Hulk during Avengers Disassembled.
  • Heel-Face Turn
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In JLA/Avengers and Chaos War.
  • Hollywood Density
  • Intangible Man: Possessing complete density control, the Vision can shunt enough of his mass into another dimension to become completely intangible.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Comatose after the battle with Dr. I.S. Bishoff, the Vision's dreams are explored in The Vision and the Scarlet Witch #3.
  • Legacy Character / The Nth Doctor: For a while, it was deliberately unclear as to whether or not the teen Vision from Young Avengers was a successor to the original, or simply the original Vision in a new, younger body. It turned out to be a case of the former.
  • Made of Iron / Nigh Invulnerable: The Vision's durability depends on his density. At his maximum density, the Vision weighs 90 tons and becomes as hard as diamond.
  • Man in White: The Vision spent some time as a ghostly white version of himself after his skin was damaged by the U.S. government. Having lost his personality matrix prior to his reconstruction, the Vision was rendered cold and emotionless during this period.
  • Mind-Control Device: Ultron-5 installed a control crystal in Vision's head that has been exploited over the years.
  • Not So Different: Ultron-5 was destroyed by its own rage after taunting the Vision for having emotions.
    Vision: You ridiculed me for having emotions yet you possess them no less than I! Or else you would not have leaped at me in your rage to your own utter annihilation!
  • The Paralyzer: Called "physical disruption", the Vision can stun opponents by solidifying part of his intangible form inside their bodies to produce a sudden shock to the nervous system and excruciating pain.
  • Phlebotinum Battery: The Vision is solar-powered and functions something like a solar battery, capable of sharing his power reserves during emergencies.
  • Power Crystal: The Vision has a solar jewel on his forehead that absorbs ambient solar energy, even at night. Solar energy can be fired from this jewel at greater intensity than his eye beams, but it taxes his power supply at a higher rate.
  • Power Parasite: Dr. I.S. Bishoff from The Vision and the Scarlet Witch #2 siphons radioactive energy from the superpowered manchild Nuklo in order to seek revenge against the child's father, Robert Frost.
  • Projected Man: The Vision temporarily assumed a holographic form after his physical body was paralyzed during a battle with Annihilus.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: From Avengers #57:
    Hank Pym: According to my examination, he's every inch a human being... except that all his bodily organs are constructed of synthetic materials!
  • Robosexual: The Vision has been in relationships with the Scarlet Witch, Ms. Marvel, and Mantis.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Speed Blitz: The Vision once stunned half a dozen escaped prisoners by flying through their bodies faster than they could react, ending the blitz with a full-density punch to the villain Klaw.
  • The Stoic
  • Suicide Attack: During Chaos War, the Vision defeats super-villain Grim Reaper in this manner.
  • Super Reflexes: Vision's reflexes are more than twice as fast as the average human.
  • Super Senses: Of the technological variety, naturally.
  • Super Strength: The Vision's strength increases with his density, maxing out at 75 tons.
  • Tangled Family Tree
  • Technopath
  • 10-Minute Retirement
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: An ancient, leather-clad book called the Druid Tome appears in The Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1. The tome held the spirit of Samhein, who escaped from the book on All Hallows Eve after sensing the Scarlet Witch's power.
  • Underwear of Power: Vision wears a pair of yellow trunks as part of his iconic design. However, like many other superheroes, his live-action design abandoned the undies.
  • Voice Changeling: The Vision can replicate nearly any voice he's heard.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?
  • Why Isn't It Attacking?: In The Avengers #57, Black Panther noticed that the Vision was programmed to kill the Avengers, but the synthezoid wasn't actually making any moves against the team.
  • The Worf Effect: Much like Cyborg of the Teen Titans and Red Tornado of the Justice League, the Vision is often the first Avenger to be taken down in order to demonstrate how powerful the villain of the week is. The fact that he can be rebuilt after being destroyed certainly helps.
  • Working with the Ex: After his marriage with the Scarlet Witch goes south, the two Avengers worked together off and on.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Ultron-5's plan regarding the Vision had two intended outcomes: the Vision kills the Avengers or the Vision leads the Avengers into a death trap. The Vision takes a third option, but Ultron still wins thanks to the control crystal in the synthezoid's head.


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