Offbeat alien Taneleer Tivan seeks both objects và living creatures that he finds of interest for his massive collection, including unwilling participants và dangerous weapons.

As an Elder of the Universe, the Collector has spent millennia acquiring the greachạy thử prizes across the universe & is obsessed with his ever-growing collection. But he has a higher purpose: preserving the future from ultimate destruction.

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Nothing can deter him from his goal, and no one—not even the mighty Avengers—can stop the Collector from seizing his coveted artifacts.

Elder of the Universe

Taneleer Tivan, also known as the Collector, is one of the Elders of the Universe—a group of ancient và powerful extraterrestrials that arose following the formation of all things. The Elders have lived longer than almost anyone else in the universe; their life forces sustained mainly by their monomaniacal obsessions with select pursuits. The Collector is obsessed with collecting items ranging from mystical artifacts and technological devices to lớn animals & even entire civilizations.

Though little is known of his early life or his long-dead native race, the Collector did have a family—a wife & daughter, Matani và Carina. He also had a clear motivation in life: khổng lồ collect artifacts & specimens of every race to preserve the future. This motivation stemmed from his gift of prophecy, which foresaw coming threats khổng lồ all life in the universe, including the Mad Tichảy Thanos who sought to destroy the universe.

Fascinated by other races, cultures, and technologies, the Collector acquired and stored samples of these things in order khổng lồ preserve them from the disasters he foresaw. He pursued this mission for countless years, until it became an obsession—his original motivation all but forgotten. Lacking her husband’s obsessive sầu drive, Matani gradually lost the will lớn live sầu once she had finished raising their daughter; she finally died of apathy roughly three billion years ago. Mourning her, the Collector sank deeper into lớn his obsession và continued lớn exp& his collection.


Throughout his existence, he has amassed an immeasurable collection spread across many locations on many worlds, filling his countless private museums và zoos and his huge personal spacecraft with objects và entities he regards as interesting, quality, or admirable. Utterly ruthless & implacable in pursuit of his goals, he has had no qualms about imprisoning or even killing for the betterment of his collection.

More than Mortal

In either of his two physical forms, the Collector is an immortal capable of manipulating cosmic energies. In his traditional humanoid form, he has limited physical abilities & stamina due to advanced age, having apparently devoted less of his energies to lớn physical self-enhancement than most other Elders. While his cosmic energy powers are diminished by age & neglect, they are still sufficient enough to persize feats such as reshaping physical matter.

In his more alien form, the Collector has super human strength, is massive in size, và can easily wield cosmic energy, performing feats such as limited shape-shifting, increasing his own size, & firing powerful energy blasts. The Collector claims that his more alien incarnation is his true form, & that his humanoid incarnation is merely a disguise.

The Collector is wholly incapable of dying thanks khổng lồ Death barring the Elders from her realm. He also has a limited telepathic rapport with his fellow Elders. And his precognitive sầu powers give hyên ổn brief, random glimpses of possible futures, usually apocalyptic ones, though he requires meditation to clarify the details of these visions.

The Collector has accumulated billions of years of knowledge regarding the cultures, languages, rituals, và technologies of countless alien races. He maintains museums and zoos at various locations throughout the universe, & has even converted entire worlds into lớn museums và specimen habitats, or created artificial planets for the same purpose. He also stores a large portion of his collection in his personal interstellar spacecraft. Though vast, this vessel can be concealed by shifting into lớn subspace, maintaining a roughly phone booth-sized portal lớn conventional space. The craft has been wrecked more than once, but the Collector has often replaced or rebuilt it.


The Collector’s special cosmic viewer can locate & observe virtually anyone or anything in the universe—even within other time periods. His time probe can also move sầu beings and objects to or from other times. His teleportation công nghệ can pluck a target from any location và beam it inlớn his ship. His various headquarters usually include containment devices to restrain his collected captives, notably stasis tubes that place their occupants in suspended animation. He stores larger groups or entire populations of living beings within his starship by shrinking them to lớn a tiny form size before housing them in artificial ecosystems that duplicate their original natural environments.

When necessary, the Collector uses items from his collection as tools or weapons. His handheld temporal assimilator can transport hyên ổn và at least one passenger to lớn other time periods. His obedience potion renders those who consume it subservient lớn his will. His cape, cut from a legendary Persian flying carpet, enables hyên lớn fly. He also formerly possessed the Reality Gem, which alters both the perception and the substance of reality, but he never fully learned how to lớn utilize its power before he lost it.

Other notable artifacts and devices the Collector has used include a crystal ball from an ancient Tibechảy monastery which radiates mind-numbing mystic rays, an energy-discharging Vandarian power w&, a “child’s toy” from Dergos that fires pellets which release a gas that freezes mechanical components, a magical lamp that can summon a mystical four-headed djinn, và a flute-lượt thích Kymelian translation & control device that enables communication with other beings.

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Cosmic Curator

Tivan houses collected civilizations in his Vivarium, where a series of artificial miniature ecosystems duplicate each race’s respective natural environments, complete with extensive sầu flora và fauna. His miniature ecosystems are so detailed that some of his specimens don’t even realize they are living in an artificial environment.

The Collector has extensive tương tác with Earth, establishing multiple secret museums there, adding many beings and artifacts lớn his collection. His earliest known Earth museum is a menagerie of giant monsters stored in a subterranean complex beneath Canada. His captives have sầu included Droom, Fin Fang Foom, Gargantus, Goom, Grogg, Groot, Grottu, Rommbu, Taboo, Tragg, Van Doom’s Monster and other gigantic monsters that had terrorized humanity prior khổng lồ the modern super heroic age. In fact, the proliferation of monstrous menaces during this early period may have sầu been what drew Collector’s attention to modern-day Earth in the first place.

Notable creatures in Tivan’s collection include the Bruruthian Paramecium Rex, which is an unusually large và aggressive sầu single-celled organism. This extremely rare, tentacled entity tried lớn consume the Collector và his longtime foes, the Avengers, when they entered the Vivarium at reduced size lớn investigate the Brethren’s escape. Avengers member Quasar (Wendell Vaughn) drove off the creature with a quantum energy blast.


The rare Jupiterian Sauro-Beast is a prize pet held by the Collector, which is a reptilian creature with clawed feet, a tail, và a snake-like nechồng and head. Slightly larger than a mèo và sensitive to noise, it is in fact a large species of insect; one therefore proved susceptible lớn the insect-controlling powers of the Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), who once compelled the Sauro-Beast to help her & her fellow Avengers escape their cells on the Collector’s ship.

Other creatures in the Collector’s custody include a Venusian Retriever-Anemone, the Vultures of Nepenthe, energy-sapping Venusian Shock-Flies, & the energy creatures of Erdile.

Collector’s Combatants

When the Collector foresaw that the Mad Titan Thanos would destroy the universe, he began collecting artifacts và beings from all races khổng lồ combat him và preserve sầu the future.

The Avengers, a group of super powered individuals, appealed lớn the Collector as he hoped to ensnare them. When they fought bachồng, he used gadgets in his collection khổng lồ escape. All his attempts lớn add them lớn his collection have sầu failed thus far.

The Collector once used the Brethren, the fanatically warlike, genocidal superhuman race that the Celestials evolved from bacteria, to ensnare humans. He released them upon Earth to destroy humanity và his plan was to harvest those left—until he was thwarted by the Avengers and the Brethren who ultimately turned on hlặng.

When the Collector uses his daughter Carina to lớn spy on Korvac—a would-be messiah who threatens all existence—Carimãng cầu unexpectedly falls in love sầu with hlặng. She marries him before turning on her father. Korvac slays the Collector, sending him to lớn Death’s door. Later, Carina and Korvac die in a fight with the Avengers, though Korvac has been reborn in various incarnations since then.


Long-Lived Family

The Elders of the Universe, including the Collector, are an ancient race of extraterrestrials. While they come from different planets và species, he and the other Elders regard each other figuratively as brothers, given the quality kinship they chia sẻ as the sole survivors of their universe’s earliest civilizations.

The Grandmaster, a fellow Elder and practical brother to lớn the Collector, is obsessed with playing games. Like the Collector, he has amassed an immeasurably massive collection of games. When the Collector died at the hands of Korvac, the Grandmaster sacrifices himself to revive his companion.

Unlượt thích most Elders, the Collector had a family: Matani his wife và Carimãng cầu his daughter. Though Matani is now deceased, when she was alive sầu, she did not mô tả her husband’s obsession for collecting. And Carimãng cầu was an ally before she met Korvac.