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    The One Above All 

The One Above All

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"What you see is what I am to you. Don't worry. It's a compliment, not an insult. That's what my creations do. They find the humanity in God."
"I see through many eyes. I build with many hands. They are themselves, but they are also me. I am all-powerful. My only weapon is love. The mystery intrigues me."
In a series with many cosmic beings, there has to be one who is supreme. And that being is the One Above All. Marvel's mightiest character is one who appears rather rarely, showing up in only 16 issues in total, and only for a few pages. A good deal of knowledge about him comes from what is told to us by characters. Shrouded in mystery, the One Above All watches all the events of the Marvel Multiverse unfold and occasionally interacts with heroes like the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: THE all-powerful bystander. When he interacts with beings, it is usually to heal them (either physically or emotionally) or to assist heroes in ways only a extraordinarily powerful entity could if they need help. His bystander nature is justified since his only weapon is love.
  • Always Someone Better: Thor hints at this concept when describing a being greater than the Living Tribunal (the One Above All being the only qualifier at that time). The trope dies with the One Above All, however, who is indisputably the mightiest and highest entity in the setting.
  • Angel Unaware: This seems to be a running gag with the One Above All. No one knows just who he is until he makes it clear, even Beta Ray Bill.
  • Author Avatar: One of the more widely accepted explanations of the One, possibly spawned by a famous appearance where he looked like Jack Kirby, that he is the in-universe representation of the creative teams and/or Marvel editorial.
  • Complete Immortality: Age is meaningless and no one can harm him.
  • Cosmic Entity: He can fool anyone into thinking he is a regular human but he is far more on the inside.
  • Crisis of Faith: Spider-Man has one and demands that "God" answer his questions. The One Above All later converses with Peter and Peter's faith in all things (but especially humanity) is restored.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yes, he has his moments.
    TOAA (after Peter has taken out his frustrations on a dumpster): Congratulations. That dumpster'll never menace anyone ever again.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: He tells Spider-Man to not fear death or mourn Aunt May should she pass.
  • Empathic Healer: He healed Beta Ray Bill of his injuries. He also heals Peter of the hand injuries caused by Peter repeatedly punching a dumpster.
  • Evil Twin: In the form of The One Below All, introduced in Immortal Hulk. More specifically, they're two sides of the same coin. The One Below All is The One Above All's "Hulk".
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Marvel's prime example. Stronger than Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet, the Beyonder and the Living Tribunal and wiser than any Celestial, God, or Abstract.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: When the Fantastic Four meet the One, Sue Richards was more than a little surprised that she was taller than God.
    Sue: ...Reed, why I am taller than the Almighty?
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: He once took the form of a homeless man to speak with Spider-Man.
  • God Is Good: Between consoling Spider-Man and restoring his faith in humanity, bringing Thing back to life and giving Beta Ray Bill hope for him and his people, The One Above All is a pretty swell guy.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: The One Above All and the Living Tribunal are the main architects of balance and order in the Marvel Universe. However, they usually operate In Mysterious Ways and seldom involve themselves in events without something being so screwed up that only their power can fix it. They are also not above doing things like destroying an entire universe if it's the most efficient means of solving the problem.
  • Heaven: The One Above All has been seen residing in Heaven.
  • Hope Bringer: He is this to Beta Ray Bill.
    "All is not lost. Where there is life... there is hope."
  • I Know Your True Name: This is how he got Spider-Man's attention when they first met.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Would you believe the man on the left, who is smaller and scrawnier than Spider-Man (on the right), is far stronger than guys like Hulk and Thor?
  • The Omnipotent: In case it hasn't been made clear yet: he's the strongest Marvel character.
  • The Omniscient: Various beings claim omniscience or are described as such. The One Above All is either the only true case of omniscience or the being who comes closest, and everything points towards the former.
  • One Steve Limit: There’s a Celestial named One Above All created and titled as such before The One Above All was given this canonical name (His existence was only implied by descriptions before); hence why when referring to the absolute being of Marvel universe THE One Above All is required to differentiate Him from the Celestial.
  • Power Glows: If he wants it to. He appeared as a mortal man to Spider-Man and made Spidey believe he was some regular mortal, however even TOAA's robe was glowing when he appeared before Beta Ray Bill.
  • The Power of Love: When Susan Storm feared for her husband's possible death at the hands of the "all-powerful" Silver Surfer, Uatu the Watcher tells her that there is only one being who is truly "all-powerful", and that "His only weapon... is love!" Take a wild guess as to who he was talking about.
  • Primordial Chaos: The One Above All existed before the Living Tribunal, who has existed since the beginning of time.
  • Psychic Powers: Not a direct example but the following battle gives an idea of how powerful the One Above All is: Doctor Strange, who can overcome Eldritch Abominations that can destroy multiverses, takes on the Living Tribunal in a magical fight. Strange gets curbstomped and admits the Living Tribunal is mighty enough to destroy both Strange and the Earth with a ''thought''. The Tribunal himself will tell you his power is inferior to the One Above All's.
  • Shapeshifting: Just one of his abilities.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": One Above All (no 'the') is a Celestial. The One Above All is the ultimate power in the Marvel universe.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls one off on Peter Parker, whose Spider-Sense usually makes him immune to this.
  • Top God: Every god from every religion (even alien ones) is present somewhere in the Marvel universe. This guy is above them all. In fact, he is the top god of the Marvel multiverse: 616, Ultimate Marvel, the MCU, the various cartoon universes, etc. You name it, the One Above All is the creator of that universe.
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    The One Below All 

The One Below All

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"You cannot see what I am! You are speaking to a mask!"
"I howl through many mouths! I break with many hands! They are themselves but they are also me! I have all the power you give me and my weapon is HATE!!"

Just as there is a counter force for every force, a shadow for every light, and a reaction for every action, there is the One Below All. The One Below is the dark twin of the Marvel multiverse's top god, the One Above All. While there have been many hell lords and devils claiming to be the one true embodiment of evil, the One Below All may be the true source of all evil, or at least the closest of any evil entity.

Like the One Above All, the One Below All is apart from the physical universes, but is barred from the rest of the Multiverse, and can only extend itself through others and guide events while taking no direct role. It yearns to be free from the lowest point of creation, the opposite side of the mirror, so that it can indulge in its greatest desire... destruction and horror while feeding on the misery of all life.

A malevolent entity that resides in the Below-Place - the deepest layer of Hell - the One Below All is the dark counterpart of the One Above All. Sealed behind a metaphysical Green Door, it is the source of the elusive mutagenic third form of Gamma energy, and in a way every Gamma mutate is a facet of it.


  • Almighty Idiot: Brian Banner explains that it doesn't really have a mind of its own, only a drive. It's pure id, needing someone else to provide the ego. While it has intelligence and knows what it wants, it lacks focus and needs hosts to direct it.
  • The Aloner: Its ultimate end goal is to kill everything everywhere so that it can be completely alone.
    One Below All: THE MYSTERY FRIGHTENS AND DISGUSTS ME. I WILL KILL IT. MAKE ALL HOLLOW AS I. DEAD AND DARK AS I. AND I WILL BE ALONE.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: As a good indicator of where it sits on the food chain, an alternate future version of Doctor Strange tried to cure the Immortal Hulk of its taint via a deal with Mephisto. Y'know, Marvel's premiere Devil. Mephisto instantly said "no, can't do it."
  • The Anti-God: As the opposite of the One Above All, using terms to describe itself that are a dark mirror of its benevolent counterpart.
  • Ax-Crazy: An entity of pure, unfettered destruction that would gladly destroy everything and anything in sight if it'ss let loose. The Breaker Of Worlds, its future self after it takes over the Hulk’s body in the Bad Future, is a haunting example of what would happen should it finally have the freedom to do what it wants.
  • Big Dumb Body: Pretty much the main reason a lot of gamma mutates end up super strong giants with impaired minds. Its ultimate goal is becoming a Galactus level Hulk capable of destroying everything.
  • Body Surf: If someone with the power to absorb gamma radiation tries it on someone currently possessed by the host of the One Below All, the host can jump bodies to them via the gamma radiation.
  • Broken Record: It's only got so much to say. Most of its lines are taken from the above speech. Other than that, it mainly just tells people they have its mark.
  • Color Motif: Heavily associated with the color green as a part of its connection to gamma radiation. To a far lesser extent it's also associated with the red gamma mutations (i.e., Red Hulk, Red She-Hulk, etc.). What the latter means, especially since it only comes about from adding cosmic radiation, is not yet clear.
  • Cumulonemesis: The closest thing to its true appearance is a giant, storming green thunderhead with glowing pinholes for eyes and a gaping maw in the Below Place.
  • Death Is Cheap: Under its auspices death is meaningless. Gamma mutates won't stay dead if it doesn't want them to.
  • Death of Personality: Extended possession allows it to gradually erode all other personalities in its host until all that's left is the emptiness that is it.
  • Demonic Possession: Played With in regards to the One Below All. On the one hand, it needs a host to directly influence the material plane or any planes beyond the Below-Place. It inhabits people and "wears them like masks on a stage" as Brian Banner puts it. However, the One Below All is also an Almighty Idiot without a true mind and is basically a being of pure destructive id and impulse. So when the One Below All possesses you it isn't really taking you over so much as becoming a part of your mind and you become filled with its dark impulses and destructive desires. This plays in to its line "I am myself but I am also them" as there is almost no distinction between it and its host while it inhabits them. Prolonged exposure and being inhabited, on the other hand, will lead to Possession Burnout. See the spoiler below for specifics.
    • The One Below All's host can take over anyone with gamma radiation in their bodies, gamma radiation serving as a 'door' through which the One Below All can affect the physical world. If another superhuman then absorbs the mutate's Gamma, the One Below All can then pass into them.
    • In a Bad Future, the One Below All has completely possessed the body of the Hulk, having eaten all of Banner's identities.
  • Emerald Power: Is the source of power behind gamma mutation.
  • Emotion Control: While the One Below All can only directly take control of one host, it can influence the negative emotions of any number of people anywhere, and the more negative the person feels, the more control the One Below All has.
  • Empty Shell: A recurring motif is emptiness or being a hollowed out husk. It wants to make the universe as empty as it is within, by destroying all life and snuffing out all light.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: An extremely literal example as the One Below All is a creature of destruction and evil with no true mind, only impulses and malevolent intelligence. It needs hosts to direct itself and to know and understand what it should do next. Not only does the One Below All not comprehend good, it's absolutely incapable of understanding good.
  • Evil Counterpart: Of course, as the evil opposite to the One Above All; but furthermore, in the finale of Immortal Hulk, it's revealed to be the One Above All's own Hulk-like persona, an aspect of it as a reflection of every mortal.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: This is done indirectly in regards to the One Below All. Over the years, many people have tried to use Gamma energy and research for their own ends. What nobody ever realized was that the reason Gamma could create monsters and miracles was because of its elusive third form, which cannot be defined or analyzed. Turns out this third form is power coming straight from the One Below All, and doesn't follow the rules of science or nature because it's power drawn from an Eldritch Abomination that is The Anti-God for the Marvel multiverse. All of the people, good or bad, that have been trying to use Gamma energy for their own ends all these years had no idea they were essentially trying to use the power of the Ultimate Evil. This is also why Gamma energy and research can never create anything positive or beneficial. The One Below All is the opposite of creation and the dark side of existence. It and by extension its power can never be anything but destructive or harmful.
  • Foil: The One Below All is the inverse of the One Above All beyond just name. The One Above All is connected to and a part of everything and can move through the multiverse freely while altering anything directly. The One Below All is barred from existing in the multiverse, and while it is connected to everything its power and influence are subtle and small in scale, but can have far-ranging repercussions. The One Above All appears as a mortal being depending on the viewer, by finding a bit of themselves in the almighty. This serves to put them at ease and understand their creator, at least in a small way. The One Below All appears differently depending on the viewer but never takes the form of anything remotely mortal or like a "person", showing an absence of "humanity" or aspect of whatever races perceive it. Further, its appearance is also meant to terrify and intimidate the viewer with the visage seemingly being alien for the most part.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Inverted; The One Below All uses avatars to avoid breaking mortal minds because it wants them to suffer instead. It's most often shown using Brian Banner, specifically because it unnerves the Devil Hulk. For others it uses a Nightmare Face.
  • Freudian Trio: After a fashion it forms this between itself as the id, the One Above All as the superego and any mortal as the ego.
  • Grand Theft Me:
    • Brian Banner and the One Below All do this to Sasquatch in Immortal Hulk.
    • Later on, Brian Banner explains that since the Leader did this to him, the One Below All can do the same to him, since it's wearing Brian "like a mask". It then proceeds to do just that.
    • In one Bad Future, the One Below All devours Bruce Banner and the Hulks from the inside, co-opting their body to usurp Galactus's role in the next universe, where it becomes the Breaker of Worlds and wipes out all life.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • In Immortal Hulk, it influences events towards opening the Green Door completely and bringing everything into its domain, particularly through its host, Brian Banner. Indeed, it seems to have been doing this since before Bruce Banner was born, when Brian discovered gamma radiation could act as a door, and caught a glimpse of the One Below All on the other side.
    • During the events of Absolute Carnage, Bruce speculates that it might be behind Knull, god of the symbiotes, and therefore responsible for Venom and Carnage as well.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Inverted as its power is hate, but while the One Below All is infinite in power and scope being omniscient and omnipotent, it is trapped behind the green door while being barred from directly controlling the universe(s). However, it can influence the heart and minds of the inhabitants of the multiverse with its absolute control over negativity and evil. While the One Above All won't use his power over love to manipulate his creations as he is intrigued by the mystery and allows his creations free will, the One Below All couldn't care less about the mystery, actively hates all other life and despises free will, so it had no reservations using its power over evil to manipulate and control any number of beings in the multiverse. This also implies that, like the One Above All, the One Below All moves In Mysterious Ways because it can actively influence any evil creature no matter how powerful (It's the biggest and baddest thing around, period) but there is no way of knowing when it's enacting its plans through pawns, but given how many times the universe/multiverse has almost been completely destroyed, Bruce Banner and the Hulk probably aren't the only means it's using to destroy everything.
  • Hero Killer: In the Bad Future, it eats Franklin Richards, Galactus, Mr Immortal and every Hulk persona.
  • Leaking Can of Evil: It's largely sealed in the Below Place behind the Green Door, but as its debut series shows this does almost nothing to prevents its influence from reaching across the multiverse.
  • Legacy Character: In the Bad Future, the One Below All possesses the Hulk and becomes the last living being in the universe, thereby becoming Galactus' heir in the next universe. The One Below All also takes on the Green Scar's outfit and nickname of 'Worldbreaker', and never stops making the universe's inhabitants pay.
  • Mind Hive: Of a sort. The One Below All can only inhabit one soul at a time but it can influence any number of souls, and the more evil the soul or negative emotions present, the more influence it has.
  • Mouth of Sauron: It needs a host to affect things directly, a soul it can speak and act through. In Immortal Hulk, that host is Brian Banner, Bruce Banner's Archnemesis Dad. Until the Leader forcibly takes his place.
  • Nuclear Nasty: It's the reason why gamma radiation kills you. It's the manifestation of the evil being's utter hatred and contempt for your very existence. Those who don't die or succumb to its poison are mutated horribly enough to fall prey to its control.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Where the One Above is intrigued by life, the One Below is disgusted and frightened, and wants to kill everything everywhere, just so it can be alone. In fact, its ultimate goal is the freedom to destroy everything in the universe if not the multiverse, leaving only a dark, empty ruin for all time.
  • The Power of Hate: Its only weapon is hate, and it only has as much power as it's given.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Despite being like the One Above All in that it's metaphysical, transcending the very Multiverse, being present everywhere, including right there in your room hating you, it's been forbidden from interacting with the Multiverse or any one soul. Hence the name, it's not the One Above All's second in command after all, it's the one BELOW every living being.
  • Seeing Through Another's Eyes: What the One Below All can do with anyone, much like the One Above All.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Its association with gamma radiation comes with a lot of neon green.
  • Ultimate Evil: The evilest thing in the entire Marvel universe, but its power is limited to hate, and whatever power is given to it by those it's infested.

    The Living Tribunal 

The Living Tribunal

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The Living Tribunal is the supreme authority of the multiverse and one of its most powerful entities, second only to the One Above All. In general it only enters the field when all other forces have been outmatched.


  • All-Powerful Bystander: He doesn't interfere often, but when he chooses to get involved he utterly destroys any and all entities he opposes, no matter how powerful they are.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: He's by a pretty solid margin the biggest fish we actually get to see, and regularly plays this trope against assorted cosmic horrors who, while ludicrously powerful, are never as ludicrously powerful as him. In absolute terms, he's the second biggest fish around: for all his might, he's still small and humble compared to the One Above All.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Bar a couple of non-canon or semi-canon examples, the Tribunal is consistently portrayed as the most powerful force in all of existence, bar the Creator.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Living Tribunal doesn't fight Eldritch Abominations, it curb stomps them.
  • Big Good: The Biggest Good in the multiverse, second only to God himself.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: The Tribunal has a reaper-like form for when Death dies, like his regular form, but reaper-y. He's even got a giant scythe, but he's still the same old Tribunal.
  • God Is Neutral: He is the supreme being in the Cosmic Entity hierarchy and only answers to The One Above All, but acts as a neutral figure only concerned with keeping cosmic balance. Even universal threats like Thanos getting the Infinity Gauntlet isn't a concern, and the Tribunal only intervenes when the multiverse is in real danger.
  • Godzilla Threshold: If he shows up, you know this has officially crossed the Multiversal level. He has very particular rules on when he will cross said threshold, however. For instance, during The Infinity Gauntlet crisis, the greater cosmic forces of the universe, such as Infinity, were refused help from the Tribunal. According to the Tribunal, as powerful as Thanos was, it was of no concern to him, as a) even with all that power, Thanos' influence would not extend to rest of the multiverse, and b) Thanos gained the power of the Gems through his own strength, so, by the Tribunal's standards, no real crime was committed. This is after Thanos killed half the universe, too.
  • Good Is Not Nice: The Tribunal is perfectly willing to snuff out sentient lifeforms by the trillions, if it would prevent the entire multiverse from imploding.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: And a head for each.
  • Legacy Character: While it's unknown who or what the original Living Tribunal was, the one that exists post-Incursions is an alternate-universe Adam Warlock who was recruited to the position by The One Above All.
  • Multiple Head Case: He has three heads, or technically a single head with three faces.
  • Number Two: At least in the Guardians of the Galaxy timeline, the Tribunal is followed around by a Celestial named Scathan, whose role seems to be that of a "second opinion" man to the Tribunal's decisions. This came in handy when the Tribunal's powers were copied by an Omnicidal Maniac; Scathan simply denied him permission to use them, allowing the real Tribunal to deliver a well-deserved smackdown.
  • The Omnipotent: Or so close as to not matter, anyway. Even someone with the Infinity Gauntlet can't beat him.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Luckily for the Marvel universe, he is not unwise while using his great powers.
  • Super Weight: Extremely High Level 6 (Cosmic). He is not very far from God.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He contains power that dwarfs even the Infinity Gauntlet, but his fighting skill is normal at best.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Compared to everything else he may as well be omnipotent but if his three heads can't agree on something he won't act. This can be used to keep him out of a lot of plots he would solve before they began.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite his phenomenal power, he actually has losses under his belt. He was defeated by Protege, who used Power Copying against him. He was killed by the Beyonders in the "Time Runs Out" event, and then he was killed again by Logos within The Ultimates Volume 2. The other loses due to weaker Manifestation Bodies, or not part of continuity.

Abstract Concepts

    Abraxas 

Abraxas

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Abraxas is the embodiment of the multiverse's destruction.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is green.
  • The Anti-God: Less so than The One Below All, but as the antithesis to Eternity (the personification of the universe) he fits this bill.
  • Cosmic Entity: One of the higher-ranked cosmic entities in the Marvel hierarchy, meant to personify destruction and anti-creation in contrast to Eternity.
  • Destroyer Deity: Well not a deity, but similar to Galactus functions as a cosmic force of destruction. Unlike Galactus, he's not satisfied with destroying worlds and won't stop until the multiverse itself is destroyed.
  • Eviler Than Thou: One of the main reasons why killing Galactus is a bad idea; he is far worse. While Galactus is a Planet Eater, even he couldn't eat all the life in the universe within its lifespan and is often Necessarily Evil in this. Abraxas almost destroyed the multiverse shortly after he broke free and proved his medal by slaughtering multiple Galactus from different universes.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Abraxas was created for the sole purpose of providing a tangible in-universe justification for the continued existence of Galactus, and as such is a fairly shallow character; he randomly popped out of Eternity, and wants to destroy literally everything for no reason other than because that is simply what he is there to do as the Anthropomorphic Personification of destruction itself whose existence revolves entirely around being the antithesis of the being of pure creation that is Eternity. He exists to destroy, and he destroys because he exists.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Compared to some cosmic entities he looks more or less like a well-built human minus the green skin, but is still a universe-old Cosmic Entity who functions as anti-existence.
  • Modesty Towel: Or cape, which he uses to cover himself.
  • Multicolored Hair: Half his brown hair is white.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His very reason for being. During his rampage he tries to get the Ultimate Nullifer to nullify creation as a whole.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Named after the archon/mythological figure Abraxas/Abrasax, who shows up in Gnostic folklore.
  • Ret-Gone: Reed Richards used the Ultimate Nullifier, the very weapon he was trying to find, to erase him from existence.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Half of why Galactus exists and has to eat planets is to contain him, and he broke free when Galactus died.
    • Sealed Evil in a Can: Imprisoned within Galactus again upon his revival and the Ulimate Nullifier being using against him to remake the multiverse without him.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Green; his body, eyes and the cloth he wears are green.

    Anthropomorpho 

Anthropomorpho the Prime Manifester

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Anthropomorpho is the Prime Manifester of the Manifestations, which provide bodies for cosmic entities when they, well, manifest. Basically, they are the Anthropomorphic Personification of Anthropomorphic Personifications.


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    Death 

Death

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"Oh, in case we have met before and I have forgotten the occasion — my name is Death. I meet so many people, of course, that it is quite impossible to remember all their names."

The Anthropomorphic Personification of Death in the Marvel Universe. While there are many death gods in the MU, she is the true grim reaper and all other death gods/entities pay court to her. Of the big 4 cosmic entities (the others being her brother Oblivion and her counter-parts Infinity and Eternity) she is by far the most active when it comes to interacting with mortals directly. Initially she was The Speechless but in recent years has been shown to converse more often with others. She is more or less a neutral force and prioritizes maintaining the cosmic balance between life and death. It often takes the form of a young woman, as which it earned the affections of the mad Titan Thanos. It grants authority to various Death Gods, Skyfathers and Hell Lords to take charge of souls after death or under certain arrangements. Though a largely amoral entity that ultimately desires the end of life itself, it is not actively malevolent and sees its duty as bringing an end to pain. It is thus opposed to those that are out to do far, far worse. The opposite of Eternity.


  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Speaks for itself.
  • Anti-Villain: When Thanos killed half the universe to impress her, it worked. But though she has no problem whatever with killing she is averse to causing needless suffering or worse.
  • Batman Gambit: The Thanos Imperative is one of hers. Basically, resurrect Thanos as completely immortal, and wait for him to meet the Many-Angled Ones, who need to kill Death in a reality in order to infest it... of course, in order to do that, they need to kill Thanos, which kind of requires Death to make an appearance. At which point... boom.
  • Depending on the Writer: Her attitude. She can be distant, implacable, malicious, or apathetic, depending on who is writing her at any given time.
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: This is implied to be the case in the comic Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider, when Ben made a comment about how he's not like her, someone indifferent to the live lost near them. She reacted violently to that supposition before returning to normal.
    Ben: Just another life to add to the toll...
    Death: You feel bad?
    Ben: Well of course I do! I'm not like you! Some unemotional cosmic thing that goes around killing without any kind of remorse!
    Death: (Putting on her Game Face) Do not ever presume to know how I feel! (going back to normal) Sorry, I'm sorry. That was rude.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: While her consort and lover would gladly kill everything in the universe for her, and though she would find that very romantic, she is a necessary component of the universe and, further, sees herself as the end of pain and suffering. She is not actively malevolent or sadistic. In spite of being the representation of the end of all life, she is a necessary force in creation and an inevitability. A memorable example was during The Death of Captain Marvel where she was treated as the end of one thing and the start of something else.
    "I shall bring you—peace! As I have brought so many others before you—Thus has it ever been— Thus must it ever be!"
  • Fate Worse than Death: While she is far from nice, when you compare her to the likes of Dormammu — who turns life and death into a neverending torture camp, or Shuma-Gorath — who turns life itself into a cancer and enslaves you mind, body and soul, Death is practically a saint and is rarely directly opposed to Earth's heroes.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Zigzagged. She doesn't really have a true form per se, so she looks like what people's incarnations of the Grim Reaper would be to them. Generally however she either appears as an incredibly attractive hooded woman or a hooded skeleton. Defied when she appeared to Thanos as a little girl during a Love Confession to him, which understandably unnerved him. She replied that he shouldn't expect comfort from Death.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: Once spent time inhabiting Margo Chandler as a gambit to hide from a crazed death god who had the power of all the live of a single galaxy. She was influenced by Margo's personality and emotions. Since then, whenever death walks the earth, she does so in the guise of Margo.
  • Lady Macbeth: In Thanos' origin story, she is depicted as actively manipulating him to become an omnicidal lunatic to curry her favor by appearing as his Imaginary Friend since childhood.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: With Thanos. Especially when written by Jim Starlin. Does she like him? Does she not? Does she approve of his constant rampages in her name? Who can tell, because she never just says whether to cut the crap or not.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In her alternate form, she is a beautiful human woman with a brunette bob haircut and a Stripperiffic outfit that is very similar to that of Lady Death. And she is often draping herself over Thanos or Thane or whomever she is manipulating at the time.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Thanos, though she is one to Deadpool, thus earning Deadpool the ire of Thanos. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Super Weight: High level 6
  • Unskilled, but Strong: She possesses vast power, but her fighting skill is normal at best. The fan-power ratings on the Marvel Wikia suggest otherwise, however.
  • The Voiceless: Barely speaks at all in many comics.

    Eternity 

Eternity

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The Anthropomorphic Personification of Eternity has existed since the dawn of time and represents one of the fundamental aspects of the universe. It is enemies with some of the most powerful and dangerous evils in the cosmos which seek either to kill it or take its power for themselves, which in either case will result in the End of Reality as We Know It. He has assisted Doctor Strange when he comes into battle with these enemies.


  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Eternity doesn't think like we do, or share our human concerns. Nevertheless, he can occasionally be considerate.
  • Celestial Body: He resembles a humanoid starfield, filled with stars, galaxies and planets, and with a face floating around his head.
  • Cosmic Keystone: If it goes, reality goes.
  • Good Counterpart: To Oblivion, the Chaos King, or whatever Cosmic Being happens to be personifying the End Of All Things at that particular moment.
  • Fighting a Shadow: In a way; forces that threaten it usually only threaten a singular continuity, and that specific continuity isn't replaced. Eternity can be destroyed on a universal level but it takes a different order of power to affect the entirety that is his multiversal self.
  • Legacy Character: What's only been hinted at is elaborated on post-Secret Wars; Eternity is the seventh instance of The Multiverse that has existed — technically the eighth, but the first existence only consisted of a single universe.
  • Powers That Be: Basically this. They're the deciding force behind who becomes Captain Universe.
  • Sentient Cosmic Force: He embodies the multiverse.
  • Time Master: To an extent, his sister-self Infinity is the real controller of time.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He doesn't have any high level fighting skills, but he is virtually omnipotent.
  • The Worf Effect: It seems to be traditional that whenever a writer wants to introduce a new villain at the universal threat level, one of the first things they'll have him do is defeat/imprison/displace/frighten/infect Eternity. Taken Up to Eleven during The Ultimates (2015) where it's revealed he's been chained up by the First Firmament.

    The Fulcrum 

The Fulcrum

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The Fulcrum is a mysterious entity that operates as a bartender at a dimension called "the Vestibule." This is where Eternals and Celestials go when they die. He's described as "all-powerful" and "all-knowing," although nothing is really known about it. He may or may not be the One Above All.

    The Griever at the End of All Things 

The Griever at the End of All Things

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A being which describes itself as entropy, heat and death. She appears at the end of all things.


  • Creative Sterility: Since her purpose is to destroy universes she can't innovate any technology of her own.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: A cosmic being meant to destroy universes is not so good at focusing that immense power on single individuals any more than a person can choose to sterilize a single germ rather than an entire room. She also can't create and is entirely dependent on technology created by others to actually travel to different universes. If it gets destroyed then she's stranded with no capability to repair it on her own.
  • Hidden Eyes: Her headpiece occults her eyes.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Her clothes are black and her headpiece is red.
  • Underboobs: As her outfit shows.

    The In-Betweener 

The In-Betweener

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I am everything for I am nothing! I am a Concept... of Concepts! Life and Death... Good and Evil... Reality and Illusion... all these things do I know and affect but never do they touch me!
— The In-Betweener, Silver Surfer vol 3 #17

An agent of Lord Chaos and Master Order, the In-Betweener is the personification of the balance between all things: life and death, reality and illusion, good and evil, logic and emotion, existence and nothingness, god and man. He is considered the opposite of Galactus, for while Galactus serves no one, neither life nor death, the In-Betweener is supposed to serve both.


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    Infinity 

Infinity

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The counterpart of Eternity, but appears as a female. Believed to embody the concept of space, and along with Eternity embodies the space/time continuum. Perhaps better described as "the other side of the coin," and not as a fully separate entity from Eternity. Infinity is the embodiment of the seventh Marvel Universe.


  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of Infinity itself, all that ever will be, doing double-duty with her brother, Eternity.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Infinity is vaguely depicted as feminine as a counterpart to Eternity being masculine.
  • The Nth Doctor: As The Ultimates reveals, Infinity is the seventh iteration of the concept (or possibly the eighth, depending on who you ask.)
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Infinity embodies the temporal aspects of the multiverse, and this is Marvel we're talking about with all sorts of time travel shenanigans. That being said, it being an incarnation of the multiverse in a preceding position (possibly the pre-Secret Wars version of it) is a notable example.

    Logos 

Logos

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The merged form of Lord Chaos, Master Order, and the In-Betweener. Manipulated by the First Firmament, Logos tries to impose its own law on the Multiverse, killing all of the Celestials and turning Galactus back into the Devourer. However, the Ultimates ultimately defeat him.


  • Fusion Dance: Logos was made when Master Order and Lord Chaos forced the In-Betweener to merge with them together.
  • Logical Weakness: As Logos is a personification of law, T'Challa, as a king, is able to physically tear Logos apart with his bare hands because it can be a fragile thing "in the hands of one man."
  • Meaningful Name: "Logos" is also the term for the Word of God. Considering that Logos looks like a Biblical angel (with what looks like three faces and seven wings), this is on purpose.
  • Upsetting the Balance: Logos upsets the balance of the new Multiverse, allowing the First Firmament to begin absorbing everything into itself.

    Lord Chaos and Master Order 

Lord Chaos and Master Order

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Master Order and Lord Chaos with the In-Betweener in between.

Master Order is the personification of uniformity, orderliness, and immutability, while Lord Chaos is the personification of chaos, destruction and confusion. They cannot exist without each other and, together, they created the In-Betweener to maintain the balance.


  • Both Order and Chaos Are Dangerous: Yep. As far as cosmic entities are concerned, they are probably the most dangerous aside from Death. When they merge with the In-Betweener to create Logos, it almost destroys the Multiverse.

    Mistress Love 

Mistress Love

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The personification of love.

    Oblivion 

Oblivion

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The counterpart of Death, but appears as a male. Embodies the nothingness from which everything came and will eventually return to. Perhaps better described as "the other side of the coin," and not as a fully separate entity from Death.


  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the nothingness creation emerged from and will one day return to.
  • Cessation of Existence: What happens to anyone that falls under his purview. While Death gets the people who simply die, Oblivion gets the people who are erased from existence due to being Ret-Gone. Those consigned to his domain are lost in the infinite void without awareness of self or surroundings. While you might think that it should be possible to bring back the person who was erased, as a multiverse, it's literally impossible to change things in your own past and when someone travels in time, they're creating another universe where the timeline splits so there is a version of the peson you care about alive and well but the original one is cast into nothingness for all time and beyond.
  • Deal with the Devil: He made a deal with Phyla-Vell, allowing her to rescue Moondragon from the Dragon of the Moon in exchange for killing the Magus when the time came. When Phyla failed, Oblivion and Maelstrom set her up to be killed.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Guardians of the Galaxy hints that at least some of the events of War of Kings, and the following events, were part of Oblivion's plans. He's also this to Chaos War and King In Black, as the Chaos King is one of his offshoots and Knull originated from the abyss Oblivion embodies.
  • In the Hood: Oblivion's features are hidden by a large hood, with glowing red eyes peaking out from the shadows.

    The Queen of Nevers 

The Queen of Nevers

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I am the almost-now. The yet to be. I am the Queen of Nevers.

An entity that is the embodiment of all possibilities. Once romantically involved with Eternity itself (since he represents everything that is and she represents everything that could be), she had her heart stolen by the Incredulous Zed who used it to create the Impericon, a City Planet that seemed to defy the laws of reality. Eventually, her heart was restored by the Silver Surfer and Dawn Greenwood.

During The Ultimates (2015), when Master Order and Lord Chaos merged into Logos and killed all of the Celestials, she saved the last Celestial and during the final battle with the First Firmament, used the last Celestial to kickstart the rebirth of the Celestials.


  • And Show It to You: Her heart was ripped out and used to create an entire City Planet. Thankfully, since she's a cosmic entity, she can live without a heart, but it made her weaker and she would have eventually died.
  • Blank White Void: The Never Queen usually lives in the Land of Couldn't-Be Shouldn't Be, since it's outside of the universe and therefore the only place that she can meet Eternity (and kiss). The Land of Couldn't-Be Shouldn't-Be is just a blank white void forever.
  • Big Damn Heroes: During the final fight with the First Firmament, she provides crucial assistance:
    "Could one single Celestial have survived Logos' cull of his kind? If protected by some greater force? Could it then become a seed of many? All things are possible. Each "what if" may become what is. And could I fan that flame of becoming? This once? To help save everything? What if? Rise, then, my Celestials. My Avatars of the Possible! Rise Anew— The Fifth Host!"

    Scrier 

Scrier

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Scrier has vast cosmic powers and also claims to be a being older than the universe and the several universes that occurred before the current one. He claims that he was old when Galactus was young. Nothing he says should be taken at face value, though, because he obfuscates and lies. He was asleep for a long time before the Silver Surfer woke him him and he resumed his war against the Other.


    Sire Hate 

Sire Hate

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The personification of hatred.

Universal Functions

    Galactus 

Galactus

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Galactus is the infamous "Devourer of Worlds" in the Marvel Universe. His powers are nearly omnipotent. He has appointed several entities as his Heralds, imbuing them with the Power Cosmic. He uses energy from the core of planets and universal sources to sustain himself.


    Omnimax 

Omnimax

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The Devourer of Worlds of the Sixth Cosmos.


    What-Must-Be 

What-Must-Be

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The Archetypical Devourer of Worlds of the Fourth Cosmos.


    Anti-All 

Anti-All

The first Devourer of Worlds, a draconic personification of the Void that existed in the Third Cosmos and battled Lifebringer One for the fate of the nascent Multiverse.


Personifications of the Previous Cosmoses

    Shared Tropes 
  • Genius Loci: They were the embodiments and consciousnesses of the multiverses that existed before the current one.
  • Legacy Character: They were each the Eternity of their time, before passing on the title to a successor after the existence's time came to an end.

    The First Firmament 

The First Firmament

Notable aliases: The One Who is One and More

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The original version of Eternity, the First Firmament is the first universe to ever exist. Lonely, it created the Aspirants and first Celestials so it wouldn't be alone. Unfortunately for the First Cosmos, said Celestials had different ideas and war occurred that broke the first universe and gave birth to the next. Unfortunately for everyone the First Firmament was Not Quite Dead and wants to reclaim its position as embodiment of everything by force.


  • Abusive Precursors: It was the creator of the first Celestials and ultimately the source of all existence. While the First Firmament may not have started as this, it certainly is now considering it wants to kill everyone.
  • Control Freak: It despises the Celestials for creating against its wishes, and everything else for not being in power anymore.
  • The Corrupter: While it has Eternity imprisoned, it leaches life, love and joy from the universe, helping to cause the events of Civil War II and Secret Empire. It finds this funny.
  • Easily Forgiven: At the end of Ultimates, he's confronted by his successors, and taken off to see if they can heal his mental wounds. After all, the One Above All's only weapon is love.
  • Hero's Evil Predecessor: The original embodiment of the universe, long before Eternity. Unlike its successors, the First Firmament doesn't give a damn about the beings in it. However its played with in that it only became evil after being supplanted.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: It ends up wrapped up in the very chains he bound Eternity in, because the Fifth Cosmos thought the irony would be a nice touch.
  • Place Before Time: It is the universe before any other, predating the Sixth Cosmos of Galactus by a long mile.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Its goal is to become the only existence, which would result in the destruction of everything except for itself and its loyal Aspirants.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: After its defeat the First Firmament is locked away and imprisoned by its successors.
  • Time Abyss: While all cosmic entities are this, the First Firmament stands out even compared to them by being the first universe to ever exist, several iterations before the current reality. Barring The One Above All, it is a contender for the title of "oldest being in Marvel Comics".

    Second Cosmos 
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The second multiverse, created as a result of the near destruction of the First Firmament. It created the Omega Force.


  • Nice Hat: It has a very impressive hat with giant horns on it.

    Third Cosmos 
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The third multiverse, and proof that what happened with the second wasn't some fluke, but a cycle. This gave her her title, "the Continuator".


    Fourth Cosmos 
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The fourth cosmos, the pilgrim and true believer. The one who journeys into mystery.


  • The Ghost: Isn't present when the previous Eternities show up at the end of The Ultimates, since he's on walkabout.
  • Legacy Character: Multiverse no. 4.
  • Mythology Gag: Three times over. His labels of pilgrim and true believer are both terms Stan Lee used to address fans and readers, and the Fourth is mentioned as being on a "journey into mystery".
  • Walking the Earth: He's walking beyond the multiverse, but apparently he will return... eventually.

    Fifth Cosmos 
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The Fifth, and dark, Cosmos, a maker of magic and weaver of illusions.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: The Fifth Cosmos was mentioned by Moridun, a wizard who'd escaped it thanks to the Maker mucking about, in New Avengers in 2016. This guy shows up in 2018.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being the Dark Cosmos, he assists the other Eternities in answering their brother's call and imprisoning the First Firmament, before taking him off for healing.
  • Magical Land: The multiverse he represented predates science and ran solely on magic.
  • Mythology Gag: His description as weaver of illusions of change alludes to a Stan Lee quote about Marvel's philosophy for continuity and the floating timeline.
  • In the Hood: Befitting a multiverse of magic, he's decked out in a hooded cloak.

    Sixth Cosmos 
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The sixth multiverse, inventor of science and builder of the Junction to Everywhere.
  • Apocalypse How: When he was dying, the Sixth Cosmos went up in mega-storms of cosmic radiation.
  • Fusion Dance: What was left of him merged with Galen of Taa, last survivor of Taa and indeed the entire sixth iteration of the multiverse, eventually producing Galactus.
  • Mythology Gag: His description as the creator of the Junction to Anywhere refers to a quote by Reed Richards about the Negative Zone on one of his first trips there.
  • The Quiet One: Same as the Third, he doesn't say a word during his appearance in The Ultimates.

Children of Eternity

    Empathy 

Empathy

One of the Seven Friendless, child of Eternity, and probably the embodiment of, well, empathy.


    Entropy 

Entropy

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One of the children of Eternity and the embodiment of the Big Freeze.


  • Grand Theft Me: Once possessed the supervillain Blizzard.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: He wanted to destroy his father, Eternity, and thus destroy all of creation. And, in fact, with the help of Genis-Vell, he did. But then he began to regret it and, with the help of Rick Jones and Genis-Vell, recreated the universe.

    Eon 

Eon

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An entity that was the embodiment of time. It lived in it's own pocket universe, the Eonverse, and appointed various Protectors of the Universe like Mar-Vell and Quasar. Eon was the one who granted the original Mar-Vell with "cosmic awareness" and designed the Quantum Bands that were worn by both Mar-Vell and Quasar.

Eon was killed (somehow) by Maelstrom, but his role was taken over by his daughter Epoch.


  • Greater-Scope Paragon: As the one who gave Mar-Vell cosmic awareness (and presumably everyone else who has it), and the designer of the Quantum Bands.

    Epiphany 

Epiphany

One of the Seven Friendless, daughter of Eternity, and the embodiment of sudden flashes of insight.


    Eulogy 

Eulogy

One of the Seven Friendless, son of Eternity, and probably the embodiment of the ending things and giving a eulogy.


  • Celestial Body: Fitting for a child of Eternity.
  • Pals with Jesus: Eulogy, using the name "Al," actually worked at Rick Jones' comic book shop for a time without anyone knowing who he actually was. He just liked working there.

    Explosion 

Explosion

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One of the children of Eternity and the embodiment of the Big Bang.


    Gravitation 

Gravitation

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One of the children of Eternity and the embodiment of the Big Crunch.


    Now and Then 

Now and Then

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Now and Then were the twin children of Eternity who dwelled in the House of Ideas. Then embodies the past, while Now embodies the present. They struck a deal with Loki so that he could have his heart's desire. They have made deals with many heroes, in fact, though none remember them.


  • Creepy Twins: Creepy twins who are omnipotent.
  • Deal with the Devil: They aren't devils or demons. In fact, their deals are very straightforward — but they still result in unexpected consequences for the heroes.

Beyonders

    Beyonder 

Beyonder

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Alter Ego: Kosmos

Notable Aliases: Frank, Kurami

First Appearance: Secret Wars #1 (May 1984)

The Beyonder is an immensely powerful extradimensional entity of disputed origin. The Beyonder is the beyond-all and end-all of all things, striven on occasion to be both mankind's greatest savior and threat, in a quest to better understand human nature.


  • Always a Bigger Fish: Jonathan Hickman's Avengers establishes that he is merely a child unit dispatched by the even stronger Beyonders, effectively his bosses.
  • Ambiguous Situation: New Avengers: Illuminati claims he's a mutant-Inhuman hybrid... possibly. But Black Bolt claims he can't remember anything about this, and there's just enough wiggle room to suggest the Beyonder was making this all up to distract them. Maybe.
  • Can't Live Without You: When he grew out of the Cosmic Cube, half of his power went to Molecule Man, a living bomb who simultaneously exists in every reality in the multiverse.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Intentionally or not, his primary form bears some resemblance to Michael Jackson.
  • Continuity Snarl: In New Avengers vol 3 issue 33 Doctor Doom talks about how the Beyonders cannot travel through time, however the Beyonder has been seen time traveling several times, notably in Secret Wars II where he transports Iron Fist and Power Man through time.
  • Cosmic Entity: Well, barring that one time he was an Earthling and that other time he was an Inhuman-Mutant, he is definitely this.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Though less acclaimed than the original Secret Wars (1984), Secret Wars II greatly expanded on the Beyonder's character, making him the focal protagonist of the story, as opposed to the featureless Generic Doomsday Villain he was previously.
  • Depending on the Writer: The Inhuman-Mutant hybrid Beyonder seen in The Illuminati is much weaker than any other version seen, but even this wimpier interpretation is enormously powerful.
  • Dimension Lord: Early appearances had him as ruler of a vast dimension called the Beyond Realm.
  • Doing In the Wizard: New Avengers: Illuminati drastically retconned his origin, making it significantly more mundane. Instead of an extradimensional cosmic being, he's portrayed as an insane Inhuman-Mutant hybrid from Earth who deluded himself into thinking he was from the Beyond Realm. He still possesses reality warping powers, but nerfed to a much more manageable level.
  • Fish out of Water: His complete inability to fit into human society in Secret Wars II creates both drama and comedy.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Not as bad as other examples, but his first appearance in Secret Wars didn't give him much motivation for pitting the heroes and villains against each other, except to sate his curiosity. Subsequent appearances made him much more three-dimensional (ironically).
  • Great Gazoo: He's a reality-warping cosmic trickster who pops into the Marvel Universe to mess with the heroes' lives.
  • Hero Killer: He kills the New Mutants... and brings them back moments later. But they were understandably massively screwed up by the experience.
  • Humanity Ensues: He willingly transforms himself into an ordinary human being in Secret Wars II.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Beyonder is an immortal capital-g God in every sense of the word, but has the mental capacities of a prepubescent child. He demonstrates very little self-control or understanding of the world beyond his insulated bubble.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: His debut saw him abduct many heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe to a patchwork planet and had them battle it out.
  • Light Is Not Good: He wears a bright white suit and, while not irredeemably evil either, his appearances invariably spell bad news for everyone else.
  • Literal-Minded:
    • During Uncanny X-Men #196, the Beyonder is taught manners. "Ya want something, ya don't grab for it, ya ask nice, say please, say thank you, that sort of thing." How does the Beyonder ask for his food? "Please, say thank you, that sort of thing."
    • His solution to Power Man telling him that lack of money is the root of the world's problems was to turn an entire skyscraper into gold, which quickly collapses and proves unusable for the economy. Similarly, he decides to erase the concept of death from the universe by literally poisoning the Grim Reaper herself, but quickly comes to regret the decision.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Infamously so. Almost every comic to star the Beyonder has given him a completely different origin and generally portrayed his personality and powers inconsistently. Reconciling some of these origins is nearly impossible, leading many fans to mentally separate his appearances into loosely-defined but distinct eras.
    • In the original Secret Wars, the Beyonder is established as a cosmic entity from another dimension, the Beyond Realm. He was said to be the absolute supreme ruler of this realm, a vast void which utterly dwarfs the entire Marvel multiverse, enough to make it look like a droplet of water in comparison. In Secret Wars II, he suddenly gains a desire to be human and spontaneously changes himself into one.
    • In the pages of Fantastic Four, he was revealed to be the result of a failed Cosmic Cube experiment created by the Beyonders, his unseen Abusive Precursors. He changes back into a Cosmic Cube and eventually evolves into Kosmos.
    • The most radical retcon occurs in New Avengers: Illuminati. Charles Xavier scans Beyonder's brain and discovers that he is actually an insane mutated Inhuman from the kingdom of Attilan who deluded himself into believing he was a cosmic entity.
    • Secret Wars (2015) follows the thread of our MJ-lookin' Beyonder being a creation of the Beyonders, though instead states that he is in fact one of them, albeit a petulant child by their standards. We also finally see that his true form is a cute little dark-skinned imp!
  • Nobody Poops: Infamously averted; at one point after becoming human, Beyonder feels a strange pressure between his legs, and it falls to poor Spider-Man to show him how to poop.
  • No Social Skills: As a human in Secret Wars II, he has none whatsoever, not helped by him being breathtakingly Literal-Minded. He also has to have very basic concepts explained to him constantly.
  • The Omnipotent: He has wavered from Type 1 to Type 5 and everything in between, but he gives one hell of a good rant about how utterly insignificant everything else in the cosmos is compared to his might:
    "Everything is what I say it is! If I decide that granite is squeezably soft, it is! If I decide that cows have wings, they do! To put it another way, cows do not have wings because I don't want them to! My imagination and reality are virtually indistinguishable! All existence, except me, might as well be a figment of my imagination! Maybe it is! I might have just dreamed all this up, including wingless cows! But then, the whole point is that it makes no difference!"
  • Reality Warper: For all of his many conflicting origins, he is consistently portrayed as an immensely powerful entity capable of altering reality to his whims.
  • Retcon: For all his incredible power, he's a punching bag for bizarre retcons. See Continuity Snarl above.
  • The Unseen: Despite his instigating role in dragging everyone to Battleworld, he goes unseen in the original Secret Wars storyline. His most iconic design, seen above, comes from the sequel.
  • Victory Is Boring: At one point in Secret Wars II, he mentally dominates the entire population of Earth to bow before him. This bores him very quickly.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: His stint of living on Earth in Secret Wars II to understand the human experience saw him learn new emotions such as love and pain. Beyonder tries to make the heroine Dazzler fall in love with him, but realizes he can't win her love fairly, with no mind control tricks. This drives him mad.
  • The Worf Effect: His specialty is dishing out beatings to other cosmic beings. In his earlier appearances, he was far and away one of the mightiest beings in the entire setting, if not the strongest. Effortlessly thrashing Galactus in his debut was merely the tip of the iceberg. He has since killed Death herself and sparred with the highest abstract beings of the multiverse.

    Kubik 

Kubik

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Alter Ego:

Notable Aliases: Cosmic Cube

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #79 (July, 1966) note ; Captain America Annual #7 (October, 1983) note 

Kubik is a sentient Cosmic Cube, like the Shaper of Worlds and Kosmos (the former Beyonder). He has power on a cosmic scale, and is exploring the universe and his role in it.


    Shaper of Worlds 

Shaper of Worlds

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Alter Ego:

Notable Aliases: The Skrullian Cube

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #155

A powerful being that developed from a Skrull Cosmic Cube. He helped tutor Kubik, another sentient Cube, into maturity.


  • Anti-Villain: Not evil, as such, but does evil work for others.
  • Contrived Coincidence: When he lost the ability to absorb dreams, Shaper was seeking a type of radiation that would restore his abilities. Three guesses just who gave off the unique radiation signature that worked.
  • Creative Sterility: He has no imagination of his own, so he depends upon other beings' ideas to manipulate reality. He can only create by copying the desires of others.
  • Deal with the Devil: Actually The Joker, but close enough.
  • Reality Warper: The Shaper of Worlds generates illusions that typically cannot be distinguished from reality. Its initial reach is limited to a few meters, but increases when used. He can transform an entire planet in 21 hours. "Illusions" last for four years, unless the Shaper manipulates them again to be kept.
  • The Spock: Very composed.
  • Unexpected Character: He was Marvel's villain in the Hulk/Batman crossover.

    The Ivory Kings (SPOILERS) 

Beyonders

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Notable Aliases: Ivory Kings, The White Lords from Wild Space, The Destroyers

First Appearance: Secret Wars #1 (May 1984)


The progenitors of the original Beyonder. Like him, they are godlike entities who exist outside of space and time. They have been carefully plotting to erase the Marvel multiverse. However, sabotage from the mysterious interloper known as Rabum Alal results in their plan backfiring, causing universes to collide with each other. These "incursions" are the ongoing crisis explored throughout Jonathan Hickman's Avengers before culminating in the epic crossover event, Secret Wars (2015).


  • Always a Bigger Fish: The Beyonder who was behind the original Secret Wars events, listed above, is revealed to be considered a mere child unit among their ranks.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Beyonders planted a version of Molecule Man in every universe with the goal of seeing them detonate their home universes upon their deaths. Doctor Doom turns their plan against them, first by killing the Molecule Men prematurely, and later by outright destroying the Beyonders themselves with a massive bomb made out of Molecule Men.
  • I Have Many Names: The Beyonders, the Ivory Kings, the White Lords from Wild Space, among other mythical epithets.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Rabum Alal proves that even gods can be killed.
  • The Worf Effect: They murder the Living Tribunal, followed by every last incarnation of Eternity, Infinity, the Celestials, and every other abstract entity found in every universe. In spite of their insane feats, they are surprisingly not invulnerable. Starbrand was able to kill one Beyonder with a self-destructing energy blast, or at least its physical avatar. Later, Doctor Doom unleashes the Worf Effect on them, as he successfully manages to wipe them all out (along with almost every universe) and steal their power to rebuild the last remains of reality in his own image. He needed Doctor Strange and Molecule Man, traditionally Marvel's most powerful hero and villain, to do it, but still.
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