Personal Info:
Real Name: Taneleer Tivan
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Cygnus X-1
First Appearance: Avengers Vol. 1 28
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Elders Of The Universe
Base Of Operations: The known Universe
Grudges: Avengers
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The Collector has access to the finest technology of one hundred thousand worlds, which provides him with a virtually unlimited arsenal. He is only limited to what he can access at a certain situation, but he can always access to at least one incredibly powerful device.
Cosmic Energy Control: The Collector can channel the ambient energy of the cosmos.
Immortality: Due to his status as Elder of the Universe, the Collector's body is immune to cell deterioration and cannot be damaged through piercing, illness or anything similar. His will to life is strong enough than he can regenerate any lost part of his body.
Precognition: The Collector is prone to have precognitive flashes of the future, but he must meditate for long time to get the details.
Flight: The Collector wears a suit of armour that allows him to fly.
Spaceship: The Collector keeps this ship in hyperspace while orbiting, to avoid it being detected while he is looking for specimens. He can access the ship through a small, invisible cabin-like gateway.
Temporal Assimilator: This device allows the Collector to travel through time, but is only effective for short distances . A bigger-scale device similar to this allows him to "fish" artefacts from other periods of history and even alternate realities.
Taneleer Tivan is one of the eldest living beings of the Universe. His species at Cygnus X-1 was one of the first to evolve after the Big Bang. Death took Tivan as the last surviving representative of the species and give him total immortality - Tivan, as well as one representative of each of the first species of the Universe, cannot die. These people have associated among themselves to create the Elders of the Universe. As they are relatively few, they call each other "brother".
Tivan spent his first millennia of existence with his wife Matani and daughter Carina in a planet he chose as HQ. Carina eventually reached maturity and left them. After this, Matani died because of mysterious causes. Tivan, who had thought that Matani was as immortal as him, could not resist it.
He eventually understood that a factor in an Elder's immortality was the will to live, and that Matani had lost hers. Tivan then decided he would not suffer the same fate, and looked for a goal to dedicate his life.
Tivan then had a vision seeing powerful things that would rise, determined to destroy the universe. He decided to avoid this from happening and that he would dedicate his life to collect artefacts and living beings throughout the universe to place them out of danger. Then, after the destruction of the universe, he could re-populate it and bequeath the knowledge and cultures from past. He built a great spaceship and began his work, stopping in every world to get a sample of its greatest achievements, as well as living representatives of each of their life forms. With the passing of eons, his monomania became more obsessive, until he forgot the original reason of his collection.