Real Name: Unrevealed, possibly Champion
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unidentified) technology user
Occupation: Warrior, assassin
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Agent of unspecified Council of Elders
Enemies: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Deadpool ("Wade Wilson"), Mason Dixon, Noah DuBois, Messiah (S'met'kth), Mithras Directive
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Champion, Ultimate Chaos, Undoing of the World as We Know It
Base of Operations: Currently unrevealed;
formerly the periphery of the underwater chasms called the Atlantis Fracture Zone, at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean;
formerly his ship, mostly buried in the bedrock below the SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) radio telescope in Aricebo, Puerto Rico
First Appearance: (Mithras mission indirectly hinted
at) Deadpool III#1 (January, 1997);
(Mithras Directive identified by name) Deadpool III#8 (September, 1997);
(Pictured) Deadpool III#21 (October, 1998);
(fully seen) Deadpool III#23 (December, 1998)
Powers/Abilities: Tiamat is apparently superhumanly strong (perhaps enhanced human to Class 10 or more), can recover from penetrating wounds in short order (or perhaps just focus past them), and can breathe and survive in both air and water, though he appears to be more comfortable in water. He has exceptional speed, agility, and reflexes, though it is uncertain if these were superhuman. It is believed that the pictograms he drew as representations of his battle with Deadpool were a result of prophesies from the Council of Elders, though he may have had such abilities as well.
He is a master combatant (and, at least when opposing those who were not his primary foes, struck with surgical precision, killing opponents instantly and almost painlessly if desired). He spoke in an alien dialect that was described as sounding like gurgling. He could, however, speak at least a few words in English, like "Mitras," "no more," and "dead." He could presumably understand English.
Tiamat's weaponry, ship and other
technology all appeared to be living creatures. Even the pieces of his armor
were living beings that bonded to him and aided him in battle. His chest
harness, for example, was a radially symmetric star-fish like creature, which
could extend forth (from its eye-like apertures) fanged tentacles able to tear
through and/or bite others. His shield was another living creatures whose limbs
served as the shield's handle, and his leg armor and spear were other life forms
He rode a monstrous steed able to chew through metal and also able to breathe on land or in water. He utilized small insectoid drones that transmitted images to him via a glowing green globe, as well as larger, bee-like warrior drones.
Height: Approximately 7'
Weight: Approximately 540 lbs.
Eyes: Solid white (presumably translucent membranes)
(Deadpool III#25 (fb) - BTS) - The Council of Elders of an unidentified extraterrestrial race learned of the existence of S'met'kth, who brought peace and bliss to planets, robbing the inhabitants of freewill and leaving them in an inert stupor in the process.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - The being who would be Tiamat was chosen at birth to slay S'met'kth. His father raised him high into the air before the Council, and he was dubbed "Champion."
(Deadpool III#25 (fb) - BTS) - It was foretold that the Champion would meet his final destiny in the sand.
(Deadpool III#25 (fb) - BTS) - 3000 years ago, the Council of Elders sent their children to Earth to wait, grow, and change, and ultimately to stop S'met'kth (whom they called the Destroyer) in Earth's sand before it could reach their homeworld.
(Deadpool III#25 (fb) - BTS) - The Champion was trained to combat the Mithras, the being that it was foreseen would protect S'met'kth. The Champion gained mastery over complex living weapons.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - On Earth, Landau, Luckman, Lake, & LeQuare's newly awakened precognitive Montgomery Burns had a vision of an alien life form, a Messiah, coming to Earth in the next couple decades and bringing with it peace and prosperity. Dixon proposed that he, Zoe Culloden, and Noah DuBois keep Monty's predictions secret until they had determined what exactly they meant.
(Deadpool III#25 (fb) - BTS) - LeQuare faked his own death and sacrificed his life as an intergalactic mogul to save the world from the "Messiah."
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - When LeQuare seeming died, Dixon was left unsupervised in dealing with Monty's visions.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - Monty prophesied a malevolent being that would come to kill the alien Messiah and destroy the peace, unless the Messiah was protected by the Mithras.
(Deadpool III#21 (fb) - BTS) - The being who would try to slay the Messiah, was named Tiamat, after the Babylonian chaos dragon dedicated to the destruction of order.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - Dixon initiated the search for the Mithras, ultimately determining that they needed to ensure the Mithras' success and cultivate a hero.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - Montgomery had another vision that showed the Mithras' appearance and noted that the four of them (Monty, Noah, Zoe, & Dixon) would witness the destruction of Tiamat.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS / Deadpool minus 1) - Zoe Culloden sought out Wade Wilson as a potential for the Mithras, but was disappointed to learn he was dying of cancer.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - Monty got a clear vision of the Mithras, as well as the name Deadpool.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Tiamat's ship burrowed up through the bedrock and made base below the SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) radio telescope in Aricebo, Puerto Rico. Gifted with precognitive visions, Tiamat drew pictograms of the coming battle with the Mithras on his ship's walls.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - Noah, Zoe, and Dixon learned that Wade Wilson had gone underground and taken the name Deadpool.
(Deadpool III#21 (fb) - BTS) - Landau, Luckman, & Lake designed a suit of armor for the Mithras to wear in battle against Tiamat.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS / Deadpool III#1 - BTS) - Deadpool declined Noah and Zoe's approach to cultivate him as the Mithras.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - Monty had another vision, one to which Zoe was not privy, that the Mithras would fall against Tiamat and another would rise to take his place.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - Monty had another vision, in which Deadpool survived and that Zoe would betray the cause. Dixon then mind-wiped Monty so he would forget this.
(Deadpool III#23 (fb) - BTS) - Dixon had Monty keep their monitoring of the second string Mithras, Captain America, secret.
(Deadpool III#15 - BTS) - Overboss Mason Dixon discussed the Mithras Directive with Noah DuBois.
(Deadpool III#20 - BTS) - Dixon mind-wiped Monty after he left the base with Deadpool and revealed to Zoe that she was being toyed with.
(Deadpool III#21 (fb) - BTS) - Dixon interviewed Captain America as what he believed to be the true Mithras.
(Deadpool III#21 - BTS) - Confident in himself and pure of
motive, Deadpool proved he didn't need LLL's armor. Zoe Culloden showed Deadpool
an image of Tiamat and informed Deadpool that he must slay Tiamat to prevent
Tiamat from killing the Messiah who would bring peace and enlightenment to the
world. Having been built up by the idea that he was going to help usher in this
new age, Deadpool was troubled to learn that his involvement would just be as a
Dixon dispatched a series of Blind Spot Units to jam any Earth technology that might report the approach of the Messiah.
Zoe learned about Dixon mindwiping of Monty as well as his interview with the Mithras back-up. Zoe took Monty and fled from LLL's base.
(Deadpool III#24 (fb)) - Eighty-three of Dixon's agents fell before Tiamat and his steed.
(Deadpool III#21 - BTS) - After the LLL Blind Spot Unit failed to report back from the SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) radio telescope in Aricebo, Puerto Rico and their jamming devices had not come on-line, Dixon dispatched Noah to investigate, knowing Noah would die there.
(Deadpool III#22) - Per Dixon's orders, Noah's team blinded the SETI dish then looked for the missing team of agents. Tiamat confronted and slew DuBois and the three LLL agents with him.
(Deadpool III#23) - Culloden maintained contact with Deadpool
via hologram. Though feeling his initial delays may have been partly responsible
for Noah's death, Deadpool nonetheless resolved to succeed in his mission. After
encountering the corpses of Noah and the other 3 agents in the SETI base. Tiamat
watched Deadpool's approach via a glowing globe and noted that the Mithras was
here. After Deadpool entered Tiamat's ship, Tiamat sent giant bee-like drone
creatures after Deadpool, then observed Deadpool destroying them via images
transmitted from another drone. As Deadpool taunted Tiamat to confront him
directly, Tiamat shattered his image globe and prepared to kill him. Upon seeing
his own history detailed on the walls of Tiamat's ship, Deadpool angrily blasted
them to prevent others from seeing it.
Preparing for his second-string Mithras, Dixon stunned Monty into submission and then sent agents to plant a bomb in Deadpool's home.
Tiamat approached silently, and Deadpool met him in battle, fighting silently with all his might and focus. Zoe soon realized that the pictograms detailed the battle in exact detail, and that Tiamat must know how the battle would end. Before she could warn Deadpool, however, Dixon shut down her hologram transmission. When Deadpool seemed perched to deliver the killing blow, Tiamat extended a serpentine tendril that pierced Deadpool's chest and bit him in the back of the neck. Tiamat then smashed Deadpool away, but was enraged when he fought back with a flame thrower. Tiamat continued battering the weakened Deadpool, who made his way back into the SETI base and accessed Noah's LLL portal belt, escaping back to his home. With Monty's aid, Zoe escaped from Dixon and tried to teleport to the SETI base, but Dixon had reset the teleporter to take him to Deadpool's house...which blew up seconds later, with Deadpool, Zoe, and Blind Al in it.
Dixon welcomed Captain America and began to inform him about the Mithras Directive.
(Deadpool III#25 (fb) - BTS) - LeQuare used a temporal displacement teleporter to get Deadpool, Zoe, and Al out at the last second. Upon reviving, Deadpool freaked out upon learning that Gerry the homeless guy was actually the man who had been manipulating him for the last few months, and he used Noah's teleport belt to flee across time and space.
(Deadpool III#24) - After Monty revealed private information
that Captain America could know, Cap reluctantly agreed that Tiamat seemed to be
an evil being that needed to be stopped, and he agreed to stop him.
As Tiamat's steed returned after feeding upon a sea bird, Tiamat's plans to meditate were interrupted by the Council, whose leader, Milos, chastised him for not confirming the Mithras' death. Tiamat assured him that the Mithras was dead, but was himself plagued by doubts; he nonetheless vowed that S'met'kth would die. Shortly thereafter, the Council encouraged Tiamat that he was the Champion and would deliver them from the destroyer, further noting that he would next fight a human clad in stars. They told him he was the just, the righteous, and the fearless...the last hope of all who would live free in the universe, and destiny called him at last to the sand. Revitalized, Tiamat vowed that when next they spoke his enemies would lie in rot and the destroyer would be undone.
(Deadpool III#25) - Tiamat and his steed emerged from the Nile
in Egypt, inwardly beaming with the knowledge that the end of his lifelong quest
was near and the prophecies were falling into place. As Tiamat bellowed out his
challenge to the "Destroyer," Captain America (wearing the LLL-designed armor,
as they told him it had been predestined that he wear it) confronted him.
Failing in all efforts to communicate with Tiamat, Cap battled him. Tiamat's
Elders counseled him to swiftly eliminate the interloper so he could prepare for
the transformation, but Tiamat was too caught up in the battle, seeing Cap as a
sacrifice to wet his appetite for S'met'kth. When Cap was distracted by the
arrival of US fighter planes, Tiamat's steed chomped on his arm, shattering the
armor around it. The critically damaged armor lost power, leaving Captain
America virtually helpless. The Elders urged their Champion to finish his foe,
but then realized time had run out, as S'met'kth had arrived. Tiamat was
astounded by S'met'kth's sheer size, but, after delivering one more,
incapacitating blow to Cap, he challenged S'met'kth, threatening to end its
reign of terror.
Meanwhile, LeQuare realized that Deadpool had traveled through time, and he observed as Deadpool regained some of his confidence after hearing Noah say he had the heart of a hero; LeQuare's efforts to bring him around failed, but Blind Al inspired Deadpool with a tail of a World War II soldier (actually Cap) who had shared his feelings of inadequacy with her.
Deadpool arrived in Egypt via teleporter and blasted Tiamat's steed out from under him with a howitzer-like blaster, killing it. Furious with Deadpool/Mithras for still being alive, Tiamat ignored the Elders instruction to forget him and focus on S'met'kth, telling them he would stop the destroyer but only after he tore apart the Mithras with his bare hands. As Tiamat engaged Deadpool anew, the Council judged him as having gone mad; after some conference, they realized that all was lost if the Champion didn't strike before S'met'kth had enslaved the planet. For this reason, they abandoned their Champion, Tiamat, stripping him of his armor and giving it to Deadpool, with whom they forged a painful psychic link.
Devastated, Tiamat collapsed in the sand, yelling, "No...it cannot be...No....NOOOOO!"
The Council explained to Deadpool how S'meth'kth only achieved peace by robbing others of their free will. Ultimately Deadpool accepted the armor and attacked S'met'kth, apparently destroying it.
After S'met'kth's defeat, Tiamat lamented how his destiny had been taken from him as he wandered off into the sand.
(Deadpool III#27 (fb) - BTS) - Deadpool had Tiamat's steed's head mounted in his Bolivian base.
(Deadpool III#27 - BTS) - Deadpool spoke with Monty below the steed's head.
Comments: Created by Joe Kelly, Walter McDaniel, and John Livesay.
What happened to Tiamat afterwards...did he just return to his underwater grotto
to sulk? Or did he die in the desert?
I personally wish he'd return, seeking vengeance on Deadpool for usurping his destiny.
A lot of the history above deals more with the Mithras Directive than with Tiamat, but it's all peripherally connected, so I included it here.
Tiamat "appeared" in Cable & Deadpool #35 as part of a
vision Deadpool was having of everyone he'd ever killed. He remarked that
everyone he was seeing was dead, except "Maybe Tiamat... kooky guy".
Have a good day.
Profile by Snood.
Tiamat was named for
Council of Elders
Natives to Tiamat's race, they (or perhaps their predecessors) sent Tiamat (and possibly others...or their predecessors) to Earth 3000 years ago with the plan to destroying S'met'kth. They were able to foresee events in the future with great precision, allowing their Champion to literally map out the battle with the Mithras in order to defeat him. When their Champion became overcome with the desire to slay the Mithras, threatening the failure of stopping S'met'kth, they abandoned their Champion and gave his weaponry to Deadpool, telepathically explaining S'met'kth's true nature to him and guiding him to destroy S'met'kth.
The hunched over elder with the staff and facial hair is Milos. The other four are unidentified.
--Deadpool III#24 (25 (fb) - BTS, 24-25
images: (without ads)
Deadpool III#23 - cover
#24, pg2-3 - on steed creature
p11, panel 6 (Council)
p12, panel 1 (unarmored)
p17, pane1 7 (kneeling)
Deadpool III#15 (April, 1998) - Joe Kelly (writer), Walter McDaniel (penciler), Anibal Rodriguez (inker), Paul Tutrone (assistant editor), Matt Idleson (editor)
Deadpool III#21 (October, 1998) - Joe Kelly (writer), Walter McDaniel (penciler), John Livesay (inker), Paul Tutrone (assistant editor), Matt Idleson (editor)
Deadpool III#22 (November, 1998) - Joe Kelly (writer), Anthony Williams (penciler), Andy Lanning (inker), Paul Tutrone (assistant editor), Matt Idleson (editor)
Deadpool III#23 (December, 1998) - Joe Kelly (writer), Walter McDaniel (penciler), Whitney McFarland, Alp Altiner, John Livesay (inkers), Paul Tutrone (assistant editor), Matt Idleson (editor)
Deadpool III#24 (January, 1999) - Joe Kelly (writer), Walter McDaniel (penciler), Whitney McFarland (inker), Paul Tutrone (assistant editor), Matt Idleson (editor)
Deadpool III#25 (February, 1999) - Joe Kelly (writer), Walter McDaniel (penciler), Whitney McFarland, Rodney Ramos, Walden Wong, Scott Elmer and Scott Koblish (inkers), Paul Tutrone (assistant editor), Matt Idleson (editor)
Deadpool III#27 (April, 1999) - Joe Kelly (writer), Walter McDaniel (penciler), Whitney McFarland (inker), Matt Idleson (editor)
Last updated: 11/04/09
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