Real Name: Madness Monster
Identity/Class: Conceptual entity within the mind of Adam Warlock, although the story suggests we all have our own Madness Monsters.
Warlock, Magus (hosts)
Enemies: Adam Warlock (ironic, ain't it?)
Known Relatives: Inapplicable
Aliases: None Known
Base of Operations: Within the Door of Madness in the mind of Adam Warlock
First Appearance: Strange Tales I#181 (Aug. 1975)
Powers: The Madness Monster exists inside of Adam Warlock's mind. There it manifests as a purple humanoid wearing a blue furry loincloth, with the equivalent of superhuman strength (Class 25), durability, fighting skills (and elocution), sufficient to overcome Adam Warlock. Because it is only a fragment of Warlock's soul, the Madness Monster is immune to Warlock's mental duplicate of the Soul Gem.
History: The Madness Monster has presumably always existed inside Warlock's mind. It has described itself as the sum of all of Adam's worst impulses, those things that he keeps most suppressed. The Madness Monster lurked within the "Door of Madness" inside Warlock's mind, which was part of the twisted "clown world" he experienced due to the Matriarch's brainwashing technology.
(Strange Tales I#181) Adam Warlock had been captured by the Matriarch of the Universal Church of Truth, who attempted to brainwash him. The Matriarch hoped that if she could control Adam, his future self and her master, the Magus, would be forced to bend to her will.
The Matriarch had two of her technicians, Len Teans and Jan Hatroomi (that's Stan Lee and John Romita scrambled folks) attempt to brainwash Adam by drugging him and placing a VR-type helmet on his head. However, Adam's incredibly strong will turned the brainwashing program into a tableau of clowns. Quickly tiring of the clowns' shenanigans, Adam bullied Teans into showing him the only way out, which was through the Door of Madness. Adam boldly kicked the door open, only to be immediately accosted by the Madness Monster. Adam found the Monster so repulsive that he broke his own taboo and attempted to steal the Monster's soul. However, the gem had no effect. The Monster revealed that it had no soul, it was merely the manifestation of Warlock's worst impulses! In fact, the Madness Monster is the part of Warlock's mind that created the Magus. The two began to grapple and debate, with the Monster winning both contests. Finally, he talked Warlock into surrendering to him by convincing him that the Monster was not really evil, merely a different point of view.
In his subsequent battle with the Magus, Warlock learned that the Magus had planned for him to submit to madness all along. Madness was only the first step in transforming Adam's mind into the Magus'. The encounter with the Monster helped Adam access certain extrasensory powers that he would only fully realize as the Magus.
Comments: Created by Jim Starlin
Profile by Chuck D
Clarifications: Presumably, the Madness Monster was
expelled from Warlock's mind when he expelled both good and evil
from his psyche upon gaining the Infinity Gauntlet.
...along with the Magus...he could be inside him somewhere...Snood
Magus, in this
story, refers to Adam Warlock's alternate future self, @ Strange
Tales I#178...who is considered to be essentially the same as the
character as the dark side of Adam Warlock, created @ Warlock and
the Infinity Watch#1...in addition, the OHotMU Master Edition
lists the Madness Monster as an alias or aspect of the Magus
He has no known connection to:
Magus, the Technarch leader, father of Warlock (of the New Mutants, etc--hmm...I wonder if that was intentional), @ New Mutants I#19
Last updated: 08/02/02
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