Real Name: Han, Chang, Lin, Sun, and Ho Tao-Yu
Identity/Class: Humans, mutants (Chinese)
Occupation: Refugees, former government agents
Legal Status: Citizens of the People's Republic of China
Identity: Publicly known
Group Membership: The 198 (Arclight, Beautiful Dreamer, Caliban, Diamond Lil, Erg, Fever Pitch, Karma, Leech, Lorelei, Magma, Mammomax, Outlaw, Peeper, Sack, Scalphunter, Skids, Toad), formerly 3-Peace (Jade Dragon/Dei Guan, Nuwa), Chinese military
Affiliations: Domino, Hulk, Pukou, Radioactive Man, Shamrock, Shatterstar, X-Men
pawn of Marduk
the participants of the Contest of Champions: Alpha Flight (Aurora, Northstar, Sasquatch, Shaman, Snowbird, Vindicator (James Hudson)), American Eagle (Jason Strongbow), the Angel (Warren Worthington III), Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Arabian Knight, the Avengers (Beast, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Scarlet Witch, Vision, Wasp, Wonder Man), Black Knight (Dane Whitman), Black Panther (T'Challa), Black Widow, Blitzkrieg, Blue Shield, Brother Voodoo, Captain Britain (Brian Braddock), Captain Ultra, Captain Universe, Daredevil, Dazzler, Defensor, Devil-Slayer, Doc Samson, Doctor Druid, Doctor Strange, the Eternals of Earth (Ajak, Ikaris, Sersi, Titanis), the Falcon, the Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Girl, Mister Fantastic, Thing), Firebird, Gargoyle (Isaac Christians), Guardsman (Michael O'Brien), Hawkeye, Hellcat, Hercules, Iceman, the Inhumans (Black Bolt, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Lockjaw, Medusa, Quicksilver, Triton), Iron Fist, Jack of Hearts, Jocasta, Ka-Zar, Living Mummy, Machine Man, Makkari, Mockingbird, Moondragon, Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers), Namor the Sub-Mariner, Nighthawk, Night Rider (Hamilton Slade), le Peregrine, Power Man (Luke Cage), Professor X, Quasar, Red Wolf (Will Talltrees), Rom: Spaceknight, Sabra, Shanna the She-Devil, She-Hulk, Shooting Star, Shroud, the Son of Satan, the Soviet Super-Soldiers (Crimson Dynamo, Darkstar, Ursa Major, Vanguard), Spider-Man, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Stingray (Walt Newell), Sunfire, Talisman, Texas Twister, Thor, the 3-D Man, Tigra, Torpedo (Brock Jones), Union Jack (Joey Chapman), Valkyrie, Werewolf, the Whizzer
Enemies: Apocalypse, China Force, Death, Grandmaster, Ho-Ti, MLF (Feral, Forearm, Moonstar, Reignfire, Wildside), O*N*E, People's Protection Agency, the Silver Surfer, V-Battalion
Place of Birth: Wuhan, China
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Mary Tao-Yu (mother, deceased)
Base of Operations: The Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Washington DC
formerly The Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, Westchester County, New York
formerly Peking, China
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk II#250 (August, 1980)
Powers/Abilities: The Tao-Yu brothers have the ability to mentally alter the synchtronization of their bodies' atoms, enabling them to merge into a single superhuman being. The physical merging occurs when each of the five brothers concentrates upon their own communal identity and align themselves into the same physical volume. There is no time limit yet known to how long the brothers can hold their merging. While it is possible for only two, three or four of them to merge without the others, they prefer to merge all at once.
In their collected state, the Tao-Yu brothers possess their combined strength, endurance, speed and intellect. They are about five times as strong as an average human being, able to lift approximately 750 pounds. They can run at speeds of up to 65 miles per hour for several minutes at a time. They tire from strenuous exertion five times as slowly as a normal human being. Their collective brain is also superior, able to retain five times as much information and calculate five times as fast as their individual capacities.
While merged, the Collective Man is able to enhance his power many thousand-fold for brief periods of time. By concentrating on the image of the collective might of millions of his countrymen, he taps their psychic energy and transforms it into an act of supreme physical exertion. For a few seconds, the Collective Man can lift 100 tons. Following such employment of energy, the Collective Man passes out for several minutes, the length of time determined by the degree of exertion. The Collective Man can also tap the abilities or knowledge of any one of his countrymen individually, by a similar trance-induced psychic bond. Theoretically, the Collective Man could draw upon the strength and ability of any body of people. If the Collective Man remains tapped into his countrymen's power for too long, it can place them into a comatose state, and after prolonged use, cause death.
Recently, the Collective Man has developed the additional abilities of expanding in size up to eighty feet by adding the physical traits of his countrymen, and creating additional bodies beyond those of the five brothers.
Height: 5'6" Weight: 150 lbs. Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown
History: (Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#2 - Collective Man entry) - The five Tao-Yu brothers were born identical quintuplets to a family of Chinese farmers. One night while meditating, the five brothers discovered they could merge their bodies together into a single powerful being. When the government learned of their abilities, they were taken into custody for study, unlocked the full potential of their powers, and were placed into government service, dubbed "the Collective Man."
(Incredible Hulk II#250) - When the Silver Surfer flew through China, searching for the Hulk, the Collective Man oversaw an attempt to strike him out of the sky with missiles, but the attack failed.
(Marvel Super-Hero Contest of Champions#1) - The Collective Man was in the midst of battling a gang of thieves in China when he was spirited away by the Grandmaster to participate in his game against the Unknown (Death). Death selected the Collective Man to serve on its team.
(Marvel Super-Hero Contest of Champions#3) - The Collective Man was placed on a team with Storm and Shamrock and sent to South America, where their opponents were Captain America, Blitzkrieg and Sasquatch. The Collective Man fought Sasquatch and proved able to overcome his superior strength by summoning the power of all of China against him. The Collective Man's team won when Shamrock luckily snagged the piece. When the game was over, Death returned the Collective Man and all of the other heroes home.
(Incredible Hulk II#279) - The Collective Man was one of the many heroes of the Earth who attended the Hulk's presidential pardon at a ceremony in New York City.
(Marvel Comics Presents#55/4) - When their mother lay dying, the Collective Man demanded to be allowed to leave the base where he was stationed, but Colonel Pong refused the request. However, while four of the brothers were merged and confronting the military, the fifth brother Han stole a helicopter, and all five escaped when the remaining four concentrated on merging with Han. Just as the brothers arrived at their mother's home, the god Ho-Ti appeared, having been sent by the military to bring them back. The brothers merged and fought Ho-Ti, but one by one each brother unmerged so that he could be at their mother's side, until all five brothers left the fight. When Ho-Ti sensed the love the brothers had for their dying mother, he decided to leave them be.
(X-Force Annual#3 (fb) - BTS) - At some point the Collective Man quit the Chinese military. He also developed the new power of generating additional selves beyond the five brothers.
(X-Force Annual#3) - The Collective Man allied themselves with the Jade Dragon and Nuwa to form the heroic 3-Peace. They met in the village of T'ung-Ling with Reignfire of the MLF to propose a partnership, and Reignfire helped save them from an attack by Snake of China Force. The entire MLF teamed with 3-Peace to raid a facility run by the People's Protection Agency where a device was being developed that would enable the Chinese government to hunt for mutants using means similar to those of Charles Xavier's Cerebro. They fought all of China Force, but the combined powers of 3-Peace and the MLF defeated them.
In their next joint mission, the two teams invaded the "Citizen's Rehabilitation Center" near Shanghai where it was said mutants were being held captive. However, Reignfire had made a deal with the military behind 3-Peace's backs, and led them into the arms of China Force and the military. 3-Peace fled, and although Danielle Moonstar was given an opportunity to stop them, they persuaded her to let them go because they shared the same goals.
(Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting#1 - BTS) - The god Marduk took control of the Collective Man's power and caused him to place the entire population of China into stasis, with the intent of killing them all in order to feed his Genesis Well.
(Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting#2) - Now standing over eighty feet tall, the Collective Man was unleashed upon the V-Battalion, and killed their teammate Goldfire. Citizen V slew the Collective Man by puncturing his body with his Adamantium-sheathed sword.
(Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting#3) - The remains of the Collective Man were taken by the V-Battalion, and subsequently used to place the population of Rumekistan asleep so that the Flag-Smasher could conquer the country without bloodshed.
(X-Men II#159 (fb) - BTS) - The Collective Man was restored to life through unknown means. He retained his ability to increase in size. He returned to military service.
(X-Men II#159) - When the X-Men attempted to halt the crisis posed by the power of Xorn in China, the Collective Man was dispatched alongside Chinese military soldiers to confront the X-Men, blaming them for releasing Xorn.
(X-Men II#160) - The Collective Man sent a swarm of his other selves after Wolverine, Polaris, Rogue and Gambit, while a giant self battled Iceman and Juggernaut, but all of his bodies were defeatedl, and the X-Men departed China with Xorn.
(X-Men II#183 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, the Collective Man journeyed to the Xavier Institute to join the ranks of the 198, a gathering of mutant refugees.
(X-Men II#183) - The Collective Man was among the members of the 198 who witnessed Apocalypse's offer of power to them.
(Civil War: X-Men#1) - The Collective Man joined other members of the 198 in escaping from the Xavier Institute alongside Domino and Shatterstar. They fled to a fortified bunker to hide out.
(Civil War: X-Men#2-3 - BTS) - When the X-Men and O*N*E came to resolve the conflict, General Demetrius Lazer activated the WMDs inside the bunker to destroy all of the 198.
(Civil War: X-Men#4) - Cyclops and Bishop were able to break the bunker open and rescue the Collective Man and other 198 members, escaping before the WMDs detonated.
(Thunderbolts: International Incident#1) - Now assigned to the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC, the Collective Man received a visit from the Radioactive Man. The Radioactive Man asked him if their superiors in the Chinese government were afraid of his radioactive powers; the Collective Man admitted that they were, particularly because the Radioactive Man's mental state had occasionally become unstable. Despite this, the Radioactive Man affirmed that he would continue to serve his country.
Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema.
In Cable and Deadpool#8, Cable mentions to Irene Merryweather that the Chinese government sent after him an agent who could split into four separate people. This is possibly meant to refer to the Collective Man.
by Prime Eternal
The Collective Man should not be confused with:
Images taken from:
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#2 - Collective Man entry
Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions#3, page 12, panel 6 (numbered)
Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions#3, page 16, panels 3-5 (numbered)
Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting#2, page 16, panel 4 (not counting ads)
Last updated: 09/18/13
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