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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 likable and interesting character, honest.


* ChivieSpandex: In the original miniseries, the Sentry's costume upon returning into action is just a gray jacket with a small cape held in place with clothespins. As the series progress, it begins to look more and more like attire appropriate for a superhero. By the end of the fourth issue, it finally becomes a proper superhero uniform.

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* ChivieSpandex: CivvieSpandex: In the original miniseries, the Sentry's costume upon returning into action is was just a gray jacket with a small cape held in place with clothespins. As the series progress, progresses, it begins began to look more and more like attire appropriate for a superhero. By the end of the fourth issue, it finally becomes became a proper superhero uniform.

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* ChivieSpandex: In the original miniseries, the Sentry's costume upon returning into action is just a gray jacket with a small cape held in place with clothespins. As the series progress, it begins to look more and more like attire appropriate for a superhero. By the end of the fourth issue, it finally becomes a proper superhero uniform.


* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The ''Age of the Sentry'' has a number of characters with alliterative E names the recurrence of which he finds suspicious.

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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The ''Age of the Sentry'' has a number of characters with alliterative E names the recurrence of which he finds suspicious. [[spoiler:It turns out that the E-E's are referents to Destroyer Darkmass, a being from the original universe the Sentry originated from (as E's can be shifted over to D's).]]



** The ''Age of The Sentry'' miniseries manages to take the Superman comparisons further. He's got the Sentress (otherwise known as ''Carol Danvers''), who's a Supergirl / Wonder Woman mash-up (the DistaffCounterpart but with a Wonder Woman-esque supporting cast), the ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' are the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperheroes, and even some of the Sentry's unseen villains resemble Superman's.

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** The ''Age of The Sentry'' miniseries manages to take the Superman comparisons further. He's got the Sentress (otherwise known as ''Carol Danvers''), ''ComicBook/CarolDanvers''), who's a Supergirl / Wonder Woman mash-up (the DistaffCounterpart but with a Wonder Woman-esque supporting cast), the ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' are the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperheroes, and even some of the Sentry's unseen villains resemble Superman's.


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* {{Foreshadow}}: In the first issue of ''The Age of Sentry'', when Scout, Watchdog, and Lindy begin travelling through the timestream, [[spoiler:the silhouette of Destroyer Darkmass can be seen in the background, tearing apart an alternate Earth. This foreshadows the Sentry's true origin as revealed in the final issue]].


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** The last issue of ''The Age of the Sentry'', framed as an "Imaginary Story", puts forth the idea that the Void was once a separate person, a gangster named Eddie Emmerick who got his light absorption and shadow projection abilities through a neutrino ray accident, then -- on the day Rob Reynolds became the Sentry -- transformed into a HumanoidAbomination, a negative force to balance out the Sentry's positive. Eventually, in collaboration with Cranio, the Void absorbed the Sentry's power via the brain of Gorax, until he was no longer Emmerick, but a doppelganger of Reynolds, while the real Reynolds died.


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* BackstoryInvader: A modern character retconned in as an inverted example, a hero from the Silver Age who happened to save the world in a way that erased everyone's memories of him. Leading up to the series that introduced the Sentry, Marvel got comic news sources in on the joke; they ran stories about how he really was a Silver Age hero who was created back then but never used and promptly forgotten.


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%%* DemonSlaying* DemonSlaying: Does this on occasion.



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%%* TheNeedless* TheNeedless: Becomes this as the Void.



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%%* SpeedBlitz* SpeedBlitz: Usually does this when making an entrance.



%%* WouldHitAGirl: And kill a girl, too.

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%%* * WouldHitAGirl: And kill a girl, too.


* SanityHasItsAdvantages: He's insanely effective once he stabilises his psyche vis-a-vis [[spoiler:merging with the Void]] in ''Fresh Start'', creating a godlike vigilante who is, for better or worse, his own man.

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* SanityHasItsAdvantages: SanityHasAdvantages: He's insanely effective once he stabilises his psyche vis-a-vis [[spoiler:merging with the Void]] in ''Fresh Start'', creating a godlike vigilante who is, for better or worse, his own man.

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* GoodIsNotNice: The end result of his [[spoiler:merger with the Void]] in ''Fresh Start''. A champion firmly on the side of good who nonetheless does some morally dubious acts to see justice done and refuses to kowtow to others or limit himself.


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** In his 2018 series, Bob himself has to do this to [[spoiler:Scout]] who was wracked with ceaseless pain from a corrupted facsimile of his own powers that rendered him virtually invincible while melting him from the inside-out.


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* SanityHasItsAdvantages: He's insanely effective once he stabilises his psyche vis-a-vis [[spoiler:merging with the Void]] in ''Fresh Start'', creating a godlike vigilante who is, for better or worse, his own man.

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* SplitPersonalityMerge: At the end of the 2018 miniseries, Bob and the Void merge turning into a black-haired, red-costumed being with the powers and personality of the Sentry and Void combined.


** His "battle" with Morgan Le Fay was probably the worst example of this. Norman Osborn gives him the go-ahead, Sentry flies down, and literally the ''very next panel'' is him [[OffWithHerHead ripping her head clean off.]]



* OffWithHisHead: The Sentry killed ComicBook/SubMariner villain Attuma in this manner.

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* OffWithHisHead: The Sentry killed ComicBook/SubMariner villain Attuma [[http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/File:Attuma_(Earth-616)_killed_by_the_Sentry_from_Sentry_Vol_2_1.jpg in this manner.manner]].



** And Morgan Le Fey.

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** And [[https://readcomicbooksonline.site/reader/Dark_Avengers_2009/Dark_Avengers_2009_Issue_02/18 Morgan Le Fey.Fey]].


* SealedBadassInACan: The Sentry was voluntarily imprisoned at the start of the 2005 ''New Avengers'' series, sporting a scraggly BeardOfSorrow.

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* SealedBadassInACan: He is both SealedGoodInaCan and SealedEvilinaCan, so he's had to be either eliminated or contained to keep the world safe.
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The Sentry was voluntarily imprisoned at the start of the 2005 ''New Avengers'' series, sporting a scraggly BeardOfSorrow.


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** The new 2018 Sentry comic has Bob use a device to periodically visit an alternate universe where he can be both Sentry and the Void. [[spoiler: Things start to go wrong when the device, a one-of-a-kind gadget Tony Stark and Dr Strange made for Bob, gets stolen.]]


* CurbStompBattle: Sentry has multiple examples of being the one issuing these out. Name a Marvel character and odds are Sentry has used his or her ass as a footstool before. The only exceptions are his draw with the Worldbreaker Hulk and his loss to Extremis ComicBook/{{Ultron}} until she was infected with a virus, allowing him to defeat her.

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* CurbStompBattle: Sentry has multiple examples of being the one issuing these out. Name a Marvel character and odds are Sentry has used his or her ass as a footstool before. The only Notable exceptions are his draw with the Worldbreaker Hulk and his loss to Extremis ComicBook/{{Ultron}} until she was infected with a virus, allowing him to defeat her.


* CurbStompBattle: Sentry has multiple examples of being the one issuing these out. Name a Marvel character and odds are Sentry has used his or her ass as a footstool before.

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* CurbStompBattle: Sentry has multiple examples of being the one issuing these out. Name a Marvel character and odds are Sentry has used his or her ass as a footstool before. The only exceptions are his draw with the Worldbreaker Hulk and his loss to Extremis ComicBook/{{Ultron}} until she was infected with a virus, allowing him to defeat her.



* 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."

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* 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."" Even his "power of many exploding suns" comment varies, going from just thousand to a million suns.



** The ''Age of The Sentry'' miniseries manages to take the Superman comparisons further. He's got the Sentress (otherwise known as ''Carol Danvers''), who's a Supergirl / Wonder Woman mash-up (the DistaffCounterpart but with a Wonder Woman-esque supporting cast), the ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' are the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperheroes, and even some of the Sentry's unseen villains resemble Supe's.

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** The ''Age of The Sentry'' miniseries manages to take the Superman comparisons further. He's got the Sentress (otherwise known as ''Carol Danvers''), who's a Supergirl / Wonder Woman mash-up (the DistaffCounterpart but with a Wonder Woman-esque supporting cast), the ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' are the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperheroes, and even some of the Sentry's unseen villains resemble Supe's.Superman's.



* InformedAttribute: The Sentry was often pushed as being the ultimate hero that aside from being the most powerful was an inspiration to everyone, their best friend, as smart as Reed Richards, and involved in nearly every major Marvel event from convincing [[IronMan Tony Stark]] to stop drinking to being the best man at [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed and Sue's wedding.]] Outside of stories written by his creator and maybe one or two others these attributes were never demonstrated. He never demonstrated intelligence on par with Reed or being a major inspiration or friend to anyone. The attempt to force the idea down readers' throats that he was all that yet it was never demonstrated is another reason he is despised.

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* InformedAttribute: The Sentry was often pushed as being the ultimate hero that aside from being the most powerful was an inspiration to everyone, their best friend, as smart as Reed Richards, and involved in nearly every major Marvel event from convincing [[IronMan Tony Stark]] to stop drinking to being the best man at [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed and Sue's wedding.]] Outside of stories written by his creator and maybe one or two others others, these attributes were never demonstrated. He never demonstrated intelligence on par with Reed or being a major inspiration or friend to anyone. The attempt to force the idea down readers' throats that he was all that yet it was never demonstrated is another reason he is despised.


* HealingFactor: A pretty powerful one which puts even Wolverine and Hulk to shame (at least until the ComicBook/ImmortalHulk's introduction).

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* HealingFactor: A pretty powerful one which puts even Wolverine and Hulk to shame (at least until the ComicBook/ImmortalHulk's introduction).shame.

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