Personal Info:
Real Name: Taneleer Tivan
Also Known As: Nighthawk, Tom Fagan, Korvac
Place Of Birth: Cygnus X-1
First Appearance: Avengers Vol.1 #28 (1966) Silver Age Villain
Known Associates: Architect, Astronomer, Caregiver, Challenger, Champion, Contemplator, Ego the Living Planet, Explorer, Father Time, Gardener, Judicator, Lady Carina Korvac, Obliterator, Possessor, Profiteer, Promoter, Runner, Trader, Voyager, Gatherer X-16, Gatherer X-20
Group Affiliation: Elders of the Universe, Master of the Gatherers
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. He typically appears as an average elderly humanoid. In times past, however, he has unleashed his second "true" form, a physically imposing powerhouse demonstrating feats of superhuman strength, invulnerability, and cosmic energy manipulation for defense, offensive discharges, matter manipulation, and so on.
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.
Collector's Museum: 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 in a certain situation, but he always has access to at least one incredibly powerful device.
Taneleer Tivan is one of the oldest living beings in 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 gave 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" or "sister". Tivan spent the first millennia of his existence with his wife, Matani, and daughter, Carina, on a planet he chose as his headquarters. Carina eventually reached maturity and left them. After this, Matani died due to mysterious causes. Tivan could not explain Matani's death as he thought that she too was immortal. 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 which he could dedicate his life.
Tivan then had a vision seeing powerful things that would rise, determined to destroy the universe. He decided to prevent this from happening and that he would dedicate his life to collecting artifacts 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 on every world to collect a sample of its greatest achievements, as well as living representatives of each of their lifeforms.
In a matter of years, the ship was full and he had to stop in order to collect expanded facilities for his "permanent collection". Using robo-mechanics bought on the planet Cron, the Collector transferred his collection. Every time his ship's hold became full, the Collector would return to his museum-worlds to place the new samples. He has currently filled up ten museum-worlds with artifacts from one hundred thousand planets. With the passing of eons, his monomania became more obsessive, until he forgot the original reason for his collection.
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