|“||Am I not Thanos?! Did I not butcher the woman who gave me birth, who forced me into this hell called life? Is not the wake of my passing crimson with the blood of my enemies and allies alike?! Death is with me every second of the day!||„|
|~ Thanos to Mephisto|
|“||Your arrogance is noble, but futile; just, but useless. It is the way of man, the only way we know how to play the game. But the contest is over and she comes for you. Are you ready for her? She is the bridge to eternity. Her caress is peace. Do not fear her, for she is merely that which awaits us all.||„|
|~ Thanos to a dying Captain Mar-Vell|
|“||Now do you realize the true genius of the Titan called Thanos? Only he could have conceived such a grand scheme! Only he could have gained the cosmic cube and thought to order it to change him into all things in the universe! Thus, exit Thanos the man! Enter... Thanos the god!||„|
|“||I am now omnipotent. What should I do with such almighty power? The answer to that is really quite simple: Anything I want.||„|
|“||Death will now be permanent. Never again will there be any miraculous resurrections. No fooling or bargaining with the great divine. Heroes will no longer be recycled. From this point on, when they fall another will have to take their place.||„|
|~ Thanos to Adam Warlock|
|“||I am now linked to all there is, be it living or inanimate. My consciousness has become infinite and eternal. My gaze extends even beyond this actuality. I am the tree in the primordial jungle, and the beasts lumbering past it. I am the flesh devoured and the teeth that rip it from a dying host. Looking out, I witness the dawn of creation... even as I gaze upon its inevitable end. Every microbe and atom in the universe I share existence with. I climb the evolutionary ladder with all creatures that ever lived or will live. My consciousness extends from single-celled organisms to upper echelon predators and beyond. If you are, I am part of you. Not even the mightiest of entities can escape my intrusion into their being. How strange to be my own mother cradling in my arms my own past self. Even as I peer upon my own birth, I view the universe's. Civilizations rise and fall before my all-seeing gaze. And I witness that fateful moment when everything ends.||„|
Thanos was born on Saturn's moon Titan as the son of Eternals A'lars and Sui-San; his brother is Eros of Titan. Thanos carries the Deviants gene, and as such, shares the physical appearance of the Eternals' cousin race. Shocked by his appearance and the belief that he would destroy all life in the universe, Sui-San attempted to kill him, but she was stopped by A'lars. During his school years, Thanos was a pacifist and would only play with his brother Eros and pets. By adolescence, Thanos had become fascinated with nihilism and death, worshiping and eventually falling in love with Mistress Death.
As an adult, Thanos augmented his physical strength and powers through his superior scientific knowledge. He also attempted to create a new life for himself by siring many children as well as becoming a pirate. He finds no fulfillment in either until he is visited again by Mistress Death, for whom he murders his offspring and his pirate captain. Wishing to impress Mistress Death, Thanos gathers an army of villainous aliens and begins a nuclear bombardment of Titan that kills millions of his race, and then begins search of more power in order to fulfill his goal of spreading death and destruction through the universe for his love, earning the name feared across the universe, as the Mad Titan.
Powers and Stats
Tier: 4-B | 2-A | Likely Low 1-C, possibly Higher | Low 1-A | Likely 1-A
Name: Thanos, Overmaster
Origin: Marvel Comics
Age: Thousands of years old at the least
Classification: Titanian Eternal, the Mad Titan | The Mad God | God (By himself)
Powers and Abilities:
Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Genius Intelligence, Immortality (Types 1 & 6), Regeneration (Mid-Low), Enhanced Senses (Likely detected & caught a rock being thrown at him without looking at it. Identified a Skrull being turned into another alien. Smelled Pip the Troll leaving his Sanctuary), Telepathy, Mind Manipulation (Had a mind war with Moondragon and won. Destroyed Pit the Troll's mind. Mind controlled the Hulk), Perception Manipulation & Madness Manipulation (Via Mind-Sync Time-Warp; Can alter the perception of others, attempting to drive them mad and make their minds his slaves), Possession (Can upload his consciousness into the mind of a living target, overcoming it), Magic, Hacking (Casually jamed Shi'ar's sophisticated interstellar networks), Energy Manipulation & Projection, Could completely stop Mjolnir being thrown at him by unknown means, Forcefield Creation (Has technology that allows him to activate invisible, normal or 3 personal forcefields. On his own able to use a forcefield around himself and on other things to keep them from others), Summoning, Teleportation via his chair, Astral Projection, Petrification (Once petrified a Skrull, killing him), Curse Manipulation (Cursed Deadpool with eternal life), Flight (Can fly on his own), Matter Manipulation (Can dissolve molecules), Death Manipulation (Can give a permanent death to inhabitants of the Cancerverse, a universe where death does not exist), Life Manipulation (Drained the life force of a being and bestowed it to another), Healing (Healed a cleric), Portal Creation (Created a portal that allowed him to travel to another point of existence), Stealth Mastery (Demonstrated here. His armor also has a cloaking device), Sealing (Attempted to seal Odin), Resistance to Reality Warping (Was able to keep hold of himself after he entered the Nexus of Reality), Mind Manipulation, Telepathy (While having the Mind Gem, Moondragon was unable to read his mind), Black Holes (Survived being sucked inside a miniature black hole that collapsed on itself) & Hellfire Manipulation (Withstood an explosion of Hellfire from Cosmic Ghost Rider). Formerly Immortality (Type 5)
All prior abilities, Access to all the powers a Cosmic Cube has (Only demonstrated using the ones listed here), Matter Manipulation and Energy Manipulation on a much greater level, Reality Warping, Spatial Manipulation (Can twist space), Time Manipulation, Status Effect Inducement (Can incapacitate others with energy and has "the power to imprison all his foes with the slightlest thought"), Size Manipulation & Transformation (Can become the universe itself), Soul Manipulation (His very soul was also turned into the universe), Absorption (Initially believed to have drained the cube's power for himself, later stated to be still drawing power from it, constantly), Resistance to scientific & natural laws After becoming the universe: As before, Non-Corporeality (Left his physical body), Cosmic Awareness (Could sense where others were despite not being visibly with them), Plant Manipulation (Controlled the limbs of trees to attack and restrain others), Memory Manipulation (Restored the full memory of Drax), Transmutation (Turned metal and concrete into demon-like creatures to attack his foes), Fire Manipulation (Shown here), Telekinesis (Shown here), Homing Attack (Shown here), Age Manipulation (Attempted to age Captain Marvel to death)
All in base to an unfathomably greater extent, Precognition & Cosmic Awareness (Users of the gauntlet see time as a repeating loop; Whereas others experience the present, the users have already lived that before several times, only allowing themselves to make unimportant mistakes. This applies to characters as fast as several abstracts and a casual The Living Tribunal. It's stated that every moment that ever was or will be cascades over the user), Reality Warping, Spatial Manipulation, Time Manipulation, Mind Manipulation, Energy Manipulation, Soul Manipulation, Age Manipulation (Made the Runner more than a million years old and turned him into a baby), Elemental Manipulation, Biological Manipulation (Blew up two of Death's minions from the inside. Constantly tortured Nebula and Eros by altering their bodies), Explosion Manipulation, BFR (Can trap people inside the Soul gem, can vanish others, etc.), Creation, Life & Death Manipulation (Created life. Eliminated half of the universe), Time Stop (Caused time to come to a standstill, frooze Earth's defenders in time), Size Manipulation, Portal Creation (Created a portal between him and an enemy attack to avoid it, could open time portals which would pull opponents to the prehistoric past, etc.), Time Travel, Transmutation (Turned Wolverine's bones into rubber, turned "Thor" into glass, turned Nova into Toy Blocks), Status Effect Inducement (Demonstrated here, here & here), Absorption (Absorbed the combined attack of several cosmic beings), Sealing (Imprisoned the cosmic beings, including Eternity), Duplication (Duplicated into at least 9 copies of himself), Soul-based Morality Manipulation (Redirected Drax's motivation to kill him towards the Silver Surfer), Power Bestowal (Can give others Immortality and small portions of his power), Cloth Manipulation (The gauntlet attacked Mephisto when he tried to steal it), Non-Physical Interaction (Can harm abstract entities), Access to all the powers the Infinity Gauntlet has (Only demonstrated using the ones listed earlier)
All previous abilities to an unfathomably greater extent (The Cosmic Cube gave him a very limited experience manipulating facets of the divine, and the Infinity Gauntlet only gave him external control of his powers, with the Heart, he's "all that was and subservient of none". Only demonstrated using the powers listed here), Acausality (Type 1. Gained his power because of Akhenaten's advent and the Celestial Order, whom he eradicated any trace of their existence by traveling back in time and killing them before almost every event in Marvel: The End. Unaffected after making time and space no longer exist), Regeneration (Low-Godly for his body. Lost his corporeality and reappeared briefly afterward, although the practicality of this is unexplored given his omnipresence), Cosmic Awareness (Could have sensed the Living Tribunal's meeting of cosmic powerhouses but didn't due to being engrossed in reveling in his newfound power. His awareness continued to expand beyond the material and the abstract into realms he never suspected even existed), Time Travel & Teleportation (Went to the 1334 B.C. in Egypt from space to kill Akhenaten, then two thousand years before the latter's existence to kill the Celestial Order, just as a precaution), Portal Creation & Technology Manipulation (Shown here), Vibration Manipulation, Light Manipulation, Thread Manipulation, Law Manipulation, Disease Manipulation and Healing (Beyond the material and the abstract there are universal vibratory patterns that are said by Thanos to be "heavenly laws written in the ether", "luminous weaves" and "the order that holds off the chaos and the void"; They were twisted & perverted, by trying to fix them, Thanos' every effort initially only worsened the situation. Later healed this Astral Cancer from the universe at the cost of his own life), Size Manipulation & BFR (Made himself bigger and vanished Eternity), Absorption & Existence Erasure (Absorbed everyone and everything in the universe into his being, making time and space no longer exist. Said that their very existence was by his whim), Causality Manipulation (Minted a universe where certain events didn't happen in its past)
Possibly the same abilities as Akhenaten (Assuming this aren't things he actively decided to manifest on himself, Thanos should have the same abilities as the former was empowered by some of the Heart's power): Extrasensory Perception (Akhenaten detected Horus using clairvoyance to spy him and knew that gods were watching him, as well as where they were) and Resistance to Information Analysis & Cosmic Awareness (Thanos' technologies couldn't permanently detect his unique energy emanations before his approach to Earth, Reed Richards' technologies couldn't know what he was on that moment and Abstracts such as Master Order, Lord Chaos, Infinity and Eternity could not detect the cause of the perilous imbalance in the cosmic flow made by him, the latter stating that this to be a "truth hidden from the least to the greatest of all beings", possibly indicating that The Living Tribunal was unaware of this as well. After his advent Infinity and Eternity were "blind", only limited to gaze upon the here and now as opposed to all time and space)
All previous abilities to an unfathomably greater extent, even far beyond that of the Heart of the Universe, with the exception of Acausality (Was successfully affected by time travel)
Attack Potency: Solar System level (Consistently shown as superior to the likes of Silver Surfer and Thor) | Multiverse level+ (Had full control over a Cosmic Cube. After becoming the universe he was initially believed to have drained all of the cube's power for himself, later being stated to be still drawing power from it, constantly), can ignore durability in some ways | Likely Low Complex Multiverse level, possibly Higher (Simultaneously defeated multiple cosmic and abstract entities, including Death, Lord Chaos, Master Order, the Stranger, The One Above All [the Celestial], and Galactus. Later sealed Eternity with the same ease; The usage of the gauntlet's power is limited to the user's imagination, Thanos being far above other users such as Nebula and Adam Warlock, who could overpower all said abstract entities with sheer power), can ignore durability in multiple ways | Low Outerverse level (Absorbed The Living Tribunal and other lesser beings, when the former was attempting to resist that. Thanos said that if he had confronted the Living Tribunal and others before when engrossed in reveling in his newfound power, nothing much would have changed. Minted the Living Tribunal and the rest of the universe back at the cost of his own life, healing from the latter the Astral Cancer he was previously unable to fix with his powers), can ignore durability in multiple ways | Likely Outerverse level (The Regulator allowed Thanos to even absorb and usurp the position of Above All Others, along with every other cosmic abstract and artifact that exists within the main Marvel multiverse)
Speed: Massively FTL+ combat speed and reactions (Scaling from Thor) | Massively FTL+ combat speed and reactions, Omnipresent state of existence after becoming the universe (Used the cube to change himself into "all things in the universe"/the entire universe, becoming the size of it ) | Immeasurable (Those armed with the Infinity Gauntlet are swifter than abstract entities) | Unknown (Comparable to the Living Tribunal), Omnipresent state of existence of his universe (Was every being & thing in the universe across time, including things such as space, thoughts, breaths and dreams, yet his awareness continued to expand beyond the material and the abstract into realms he never suspected even existed) | Omnipresent
Striking Strength: Solar System Class | Multiversal+ | Likely Low Complex Multiversal, possibly Higher | Low Outerversal | Likely Outerversal
Durability: Solar System level (Is superior to Heralds of Galactus) | Multiverse level+ | Likely Low Complex Multiverse level, possibly Higher | Low Outerverse level (Unharmed by The Living Tribunal's energy projection) | Likely Outerverse level
Stamina: Extremely High (Not even blows from the Silver Surfer and Thor could knock him out) | Infinite | Infinite | Infinite | Infinite
Range: Standard melee range normally. Tens of meters to interplanetary with certain weapons and attacks | Multiversal+ | Universal+. Multiversal+, likely Low Complex Multiversal via energy ripples | Low Outerversal | Likely Outerversal
Standard Equipment: His armor and clothing contain a vast amount of devices that increase his stats as well as give him many different types of weaponry and allow him to draw power from various sources across the universe and other dimensions | A Cosmic Cube | The Infinity Gauntlet | The Heart of the Universe (Absorbed within himself) | The Astral Regulator
- Optional Equipment: His Throne/Chair which can teleport, cross dimensions, cloak him from the senses of cosmic beings, generate force shields, and fly at FTL speeds. Sometimes he has the Reality Gem but rarely uses it.
Intelligence: Supergenius. A skilled fighter and master tactician, capable of creating extremely advanced technology in all fields of science, and possesses vast mystical knowledge. Created a time machine. Improved life in the already futuristic planet Rigel-3 in several ways; Such as adding a couple of rungs in the beta-soy' genetic ladder to overcome the genetic problem that was limiting the plant's production, building new safeguards to better ensure their system's security, which he was previously capable of bypassing. He also made their planetary teleportation defense come online in half the time as previously required, sent them designs that would vastly improve the propulsion systems of their star fleet and stated that much of their technology seemed outdated compared to their galactic neighbors, which he could help them with. Mathematically ascertained the existence of the Heart of the Universe and detected where it and his masters were, seeing their security arrangements as rather pathetic | Supergenius with access to Nigh-Omniscience (After becoming all things in the universe, he claimed to be all-seeing and was repeatedly stated to be all-knowing, even by a more impartial robot) | Nigh-Omniscient (Same, but to a greater extent. The Infinity Stones were stated to grant the user Omniscience. Thanos claimed to know "all there is to know" because of his possession of the Infinity Gems) | Nigh-Omniscient | Nigh-Omniscient
Weaknesses: His movement speed is limited and he cannot truly fly, only levitate | Destroying the unprotected Cosmic Cube while he's turned into the universe will change him back to base and leave him unconscious in the center of the universe | Needs to have the Infinity Gauntlet/gems to maintain his power. Subconsciously let himself be defeated for not finding himself worthy of his power, however, this did not stop him from accomplishing multiple victories before his downfall | The Above All Others | Thanos cannot focus on more than one universal continuum at a time lest he be mentally overloaded and he can be significantly distracted by changes in the timestream.
Please do not attempt to re-scale characters by using the Thanos Wins storyline by Donny Cates. Several of the feats performed by Old King Thanos were performed off-panel via unknown means, and several of the on-panel ones would be extreme outliers if used to scale the present-day Thanos.
Do not attempt to scale Thanos to other mainstream Marvel characters by using the Infinity Ending story by Jim Starlin. Said story severely and repeatedly contradicts the canon of not only 616 but the entire Marvel multiverse, and it seems to be ignored by every other writer and narrative.
Before making any changes to this page, please read and follow the Power-scaling Rules for Marvel and DC Comics.