|“||With great power comes great responsibility and little happiness.||„|
|~ The Living Tribunal|
The Living Tribunal is a humanoid cosmic entity who has existed as long as the Multiverse itself. Its function is to safeguard the Multiverse (the total sum of all alternate universes) from an imbalance of mystical forces. It may act to prevent one universe from amassing more power than any of the others, or from upsetting the cosmic balance in some way. The Tribunal may also act to prevent an overwhelming imbalance of good or evil within a universe.
The Tribunal manifests itself as a being with three faces, which represent the three sides of the Tribunal's personality. Its front face, through which it usually speaks, represents Equity, the fully hooded face on its right side represents Necessity, and the partially hooded face on its left represents Vengeance. All three voices must agree in a case before the Tribunal can intervene.
The Living Tribunal is the Abstract Embodiment of Multiversal Law & Order, and the collective manifestation of all existence, alongside all lesser Abstract Entities. For instance, Eternity and Infinity are part of his Face of Necessity, while Death is within the Face of Vengeance, and Galactus is of the Face of Equity, while the Fourth Face he does not have is The Stranger. This principle continues on all levels of reality, such as that lesser Abstracts, with Master Order being Necessity, Lord Chaos being Vengeance, and the In-Betweener the Equity that separates both, etcetera.
During the storyline Time Runs Out, more specifically within the pages of New Avengers issue #30, the entity was slain by The Beyonders alongside the majority of the Marvel Cosmic Pantheon. Later, during Thanos: The Infinity Finale, an alternative version of Adam Warlock replaced the entity, due to orders from The One Above All.
Powers and Stats
Tier: 1-A | Unknown
Name: The Living Tribunal, The Living Trinity, The Law of the Multiverse
Origin: Marvel Comics
Classification: Cosmic Being, Abstract Entity, Judge of the Marvel Multiverse, Embodiment of the Marvel Multiverse & its Abstracts, Personification of Multiversal Law & Order
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Immortality (Types 1, 3, 5 and 10), Regeneration (High-Godly), Non-Corporeal, Abstract Existence (Type 1), Beyond-Dimensional Existence (Type 2), Reality Warping, Spatial Manipulation, Time Manipulation, Soul Manipulation, Mind Manipulation, Life & Death Manipulation, Power Nullification, Energy Manipulation, Information Manipulation, Acausality (Type 5), Causality Manipulation, Large Size (Type 11), Higher-Dimensional Manipulation, Conceptual Manipulation (Type 2), Avatar Creation, Void Manipulation, Nothingness Manipulation, Law Manipulation, Chaos Manipulation, Duality Manipulation, Cosmic-Force Manipulation, Entropy Manipulation, Emotion/Empathy Manipulation, Elemental Manipulation, Sealing, Summoning, Magic, Flight, Telepathy, Telekinesis, Teleportation, Size-Shifting, Shapeshifting, Cosmic Awareness, Omnipresence, Nigh-Omniscience. Holds the powers of nearly all abstract and cosmic entities, as they are all part of his self
Attack Potency: Outerverse level (He is the complete Embodiment of the Marvel multiverse, and of all its abstract entities. As such, even the likes of Eternity, Infinity and Death are just a part of his being. Exists in the heart of all Creation, with the Alpha and the Omega revolving on the wheel of destiny spun by his hand. Transcends the concepts of space and time and all its opposing realities. Rules over all conceptual dualities in the multiverse, existing within all of them while also transcending them. ) | Unknown (Though still portrayed as the Multiversal Judge and greatest of all the Abstracts, the previous Cosmic Hierarchy now holds no meaning in the 8th Marvel Multiverse, and as such he was killed by both Lord Chaos and Master Order. Though he has since been revived, and the hierarchy was restored)
Lifting Strength: Irrelevant | Unknown
Striking Strength: Outerversal | Unknown
Durability: Outerverse level | Unknown
Range: Irrelevant | Unknown
Standard Equipment: Inapplicable
Weaknesses: All faces must agree for action to be taken. Its Manifestation-bodies (or M-Bodies) hold comparatively very limited power.
Key: Original Living Tribunal | New Living Tribunal
Before modifying this page, please read the Power-scaling Rules for Marvel and DC Comics.
The Living Tribunal, while displayed as above the other Abstracts, being a sole entity across the whole multiverse, and capable of ending entire realities, did not demonstrate beyond-dimensional stature, nor his current level of importance until the late 1980s. As such, we cannot scale characters from the time before this to his later feats.