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OBLITERATOR

Real Name: Maht Pacle

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial/unidentified race

Occupation: Mass murderer

Group Membership: Elders of the Universe (Architect, Astronomer/Seginn Gallio, Caregiver/Rubanna Lagenris Quormo, Champion/Tryco Slatterus Collector/Taneleer Tivan, Contemplator/Tath Ki, Explorer/Zamanathan Rambunazeth, Father Time, Gardener/Ord Zyonz, Grandmaster/En Dwi Gast, Grand Astrogator, Judicator, Possessor/Kamo Tharnn, Runner/Gilpetperdon, Trader/Cort Zo Tinnus, others)

Affiliations: Contemplator imposter, Ego the Living Planet, Origin, unidentified champion

Enemies: Galactus (Galan), Mantis, Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd), Punisher 2099 (Jake Gallows), Quasar (Wendel Vaughn), Thunderstrike (Eric Masterson), all of life

Known Relatives: None (though all are deceased)

Aliases: "Blit", "Gort", "Bucket-Boy" (nickname used by Thunderstrike)

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the universe;
                                  formerly a planet beyond the Crab nebula;
                                  formerly Ego the Living Planet;
                                  formerly his homeworld

First Appearance: Silver Surfer III#4 (October, 1987)

Powers/Abilities: Obliterator can manipulate various cosmic energies for numerous effects. He is invulnerable to most forms of conventional disease or injury. He can survive unaided in the most inhospitable of environments, from the vacuum of space to the molten heart of a planet. The cosmic energies help him stay young and also powers many of his weapons. He claims he can channel his power to create a blast strong enough to cut through thousands of miles of rock to destroy a planetary core (and the entire world in the process). Obliterator normally wears a bulky weapons harness that is outfitted with a wide variety of offensive weaponry made even more lethal by his cosmic enhancement. His known arsenal includes heat-seeking missile darts and various energy based wrist blasters. His shoulder pods can discharge poisonous gasses he himself is immune to. On occasion, he has worn an armored spacesuit with energy blasters he calls his "oblitar-rays" mounted on both his wrists and shoulders. Obliterator has a spaceship for intergalactic travel and a flying sled for space-to-ground flights. A natural hunter, he has honed his tracking skills to the extreme over the billions of years he has been alive. Obliterator prides himself on never giving up on tracing and ultimately eliminating his quarry. Obsessed with obliterating all life, Pacle has killed billions without a single sign of remorse. Due to a deal Grandmaster struck with Mistress Death, he is refused access to the afterlife which essentially makes him and the other Elders immortal. Obliterator is extremely single-minded and slightly dim-witted.

Height: 9'1"
Weight: 2040 lbs.
Eyes: Solid white (no visible pupil)
Hair: Black

History:

(Silver Surfer III#6 (fb) ) - Maht Pacle was born 5.5 billion years ago on an unidentified alien world. As a child, he knew he was different from the others when he only showed an interest in hunting animals and obliterating them for sport. When he grew older, he noticed his body never tired. The medicons (doctors) of his race concluded Pacle was a mutant whose physiology was entirely focused on self-preservation. Over the years, his interest in hunting turned into a full blown obsession making Maht a mass murderer who eventually killed everyone on his world. The only member of his race, he boarded a spaceship and took to the stars where he continued to butcher all that was unfortunate enough to cross his path.

(Silver Surfer III#6 (fb) ) - On one of these alien worlds, Pacle had a chance encounter with the Gardener during which he learned that he himself was one of the Elders of the Universe. Calling himself the Obliterator, Pacle spent the next billion years looking for all the other Elders. Their status as the oldest beings alive in the universe gave them great pride and a sense of self-worth and importance. All that changed when they learned Galactus was actually older than all of them combined. The devourer of worlds had lived through the Big Bang, which in turn made the Elders feel limited. They all agreed Galactus had to be destroyed.

(Silver Surfer III#6 (fb) - BTS) - The Elders learned that Galactus was integral to the fabric of the universe. Killing him would eventually unravel all reality, leading to a new Big Bang. It was Grandmaster who concocted a scheme that would turn this to the Elders' benefit. Entering into a wager with Mistress Death, En Dwi Gast got what he wanted. Death became so furious with the Grandmaster that she banned him and all his fellow Elders from ever entering her realm. Now effectively immortal, the Elders could kill Galactus, survive the Big Bang and become the oldest living beings in the new universe that would eventually form.

(Silver Surfer III#4) - Obliterator joined his fellow Elders of the Universe for a meeting held on the surface of Ego the Living Planet (himself in attendance through an Anti-Body). They discussed their recent attempts to kill the Silver Surfer (deemed necessary before they moved on to his former boss Galactus). Grandmaster also filled them in about their current status quo as immortal beings. Their meeting was interrupted when Ego picked up the presence of Silver Surfer and his ally Mantis. Immediately, Obliterator attacked them but Mantis proved too nimble and evaded his attacks long enough for the Surfer to sufficiently injure Ego so that they could beat a hasty retreat.

(Silver Surfer III#5 (fb) - BTS) - The Obliterator went after Silver Surfer and Mantis, tirelessly chasing them across the stars to finish the pair off. They proved unable to shake him, because of the Elders' tracking skills.

(Silver Surfer III#5) - The Obliterator caught up with Silver Surfer and Mantis somewhere in space. They fought, but when one of the Obliterator's stray blasts clipped Mantis, the Surfer became so enraged he personally dropped the Elder in the volcanic heart of a nearby planet. Still not ready to give up, Obliterator tracked Surfer and Mantis to a world beyond the Crab Nebula, rich with plantlife which Mantis needed to use her powers. Leaving his ship in orbit, Obliterator used a skysled to get to the surface. Opting to come in firing, he surprised the Surfer and Mantis with his silent but deadly attack. Mantis used her control over the local flora to attack Obliterator who focused his attentions on her. Ridding himself of the violent plants by spraying them with defoliant, he also seemingly killed Mantis. This made the Surfer go all out, but he was still no match for the Elder. This led the Surfer to shift strategies: rather than fight the Elder who he couldn't hurt directly, he targeted his weapons and gear. Using the power cosmic, the Surfer restructured their molecules to render them harmless and inoperable. The realization he was no longer able to obliterate anything left the obsessed Maht sorely depressed. Without the ability to hunt and kill, he no longer had a reason to live yet he was now immortal. The Obliterator fell to the ground, thoroughly demoralized and lamenting his fate while the Surfer added insult to injury by telling him that without his sled and teleport systems, he was also trapped on this world from now on. Much to both their surprise, Mantis resurfaced none the worse for wear after she had the local plantlife grow her a new body. Together with the Surfer, she insisted the Obliterator told everything he knew about the Elders' plans.

(Silver Surfer III#6) - The Obliterator freely shared both his own origins as well as the Elders' plans to kill Galactus and truly become the oldest surviving beings in the new universe. Determined to stop them, Silver Surfer and Mantis immediately left for Earth after Obliterator told them his fellow Elders would be holding their next meeting there. As they left, Mantis assured the Surfer that the Obliterator would be safe on the planet, watched over by her plants.

(Silver Surfer III#21 (fb) - BTS) - Obliterator regained his composure and started to explore the planet he was stranded on. He found it was actually inhabited by sentient aliens though that did little to raise his spirits. He mostly sat around local bars, drinking his sorrows away, lamenting the fact he was no longer the Obliterator and blaming the Silver Surfer.

(Silver Surfer III#21 (fb) ) - During one of his visits to a dive bar, Obliterator was so depressed and unresponsive he didn't even react when a fight broke out and he wound up shoved into his sizable pitcher of beer. Moments later, he was visited by the astral form of his fellow Elder the Contemplator who had come looking for him because the others needed his powers. Obliterator explained what the Surfer had done to him and that he wouldn't be of any use to them without his weapons. Incredulous, the Contemplator asked his dim-witted associate why he hadn't simply replaced them after the incident with the Silver Surfer. Contemplator (a Skrull doppelganger) then assured him he'd arrange for a shuttle so the Obliterator could return to his ship that was still in orbit. The astral form then vanished and Pacle proceeded to wait patiently while he restocked his arsenal, surprised by how advanced the latest weaponry had become compared to his old gear. After he hadn't heard anything from the Contemplator (the Skrull) in weeks (he'd been killed and eaten by Reptyl), the Obliterator decided to take matters in his own hands. He commandeered a shuttle that got him back to his own ship.

(Silver Surfer III#21 (fb) - BTS) - Eager to have his revenge on the Silver Surfer, the Obliterator decided to destroy his enemy's former homeworld Zenn-La. As soon as he arrived, he began to massacre the population who proved no match for him.

(Silver Surfer III#21) - After learning the Obliterator was loose on Zenn-La, the Silver Surfer rushed there to deal with his old opponent. The two enemies fought, but ultimately the Obliterator realized they were too evenly matched to make this a satisfying win for him. That's why he decided to focus his energies into a single blast that would hit the core of the planet, destroying Zenn-La in the process. He'd already begun focusing his energies when the Silver Surfer managed to beat him with a feat of logic. Should Obliterator blow up Zenn-La, he'd be turning the Surfer into the last survivor of his race, effectively making him an Elder of the Universe as well. Unable to stomach the idea he'd have to call his hated enemy brother, the Obliterator halted his assault and decided to kill the Surfer first. Quickly responding to that, the Silver Surfer flew off leaving the outraged Obliterator to swear he'd be tracking him to the end of the universe if need be.

(Silver Surfer III#41 (fb) - BTS) - When the Silver Surfer shared his collective memories to entertain the audience of Dynamo City to earn some credits, his fights against the Obliterator were shown as well.

(Quasar I#47 (fb) - BTS) - Obliterator was one of the Elders drawn to the nascent cosmic entity Origin, who was being cared for by their fellow Elder the Caregiver.

(Quasar I#47) - The Elders were discussing what to do with Origin, with Obliterator naturally suggesting he'd be allowed to destroy the creature. The presence of the Elder known as the Judicator prevented any of them from laying claim to Origin. Seconds later, Quasar and Thunderstrike arrived (Quasar had come to recover the Quantum Bands lost inside Origin). Obliterator and the Possessor immediately attacked them, with Thunderstrike facing Pacle in his new combat armor. When Thunderstrike spotted that Quasar was having trouble against the Possessor, he cleverly redirected the Obliterator's scorch-blaster so it hit his fellow Elder in the back. Furious, Obliterator turned his Obliterator-ray on "the witless shortlifer" Masterson, leaving him dazed and confused. This prompted Quasar to step in, grabbing the Possessor's Runestaff and stabbing the Obliterator in the back with it. His armor damaged, Pacle drifted unconscious in space.

(Quasar I#48) - Obliterator was still unconscious after Quasar and the Elders settled the matter of Origin and the hero had reclaimed his Quantum Bands. He granted the Caregiver's request to take the unconscious Possessor and Obliterator away because their mercurial natures might cause harm to Origin. Quasar and Thunderstrike planned to drop the two Elders off in intergalactic deep space, between the Milky Way and the Greater Magellanic Cloud. Before they could depart, the Possessor covertly took possession of Thunderstrike and fought Quasar until he was able to rid his fellow Avenger of Kamo Tharnn's influence. By that time, Obliterator woke up. Despite his confusion, he immediately turned his weapons on the two heroes who decided to simply leave the Elders to their own fate.

SECRET WARS HAPPENED

(Contest of Champions III#6 (fb) - BTS) - Following the defeat of God Doom and the subsequent omniversal reconstruction, Obliterator and the other Elders of the Universe became aware of Battlerealm, the former, broken "Secret Wars" reality at the edge of spacetime.

(Contest of Champions III#6 (fb) ) - The Elders traveled to Battlerealm and visited the husk of the old Battleworld where they still sensed an immense source of power waiting to be claimed (the recently formed ISO-8). All the Elders immediately lusted after it, ready to follow the path of their individual obsessions to claim it. The Obliterator was, as always, ready to kill for it, but they all agreed to the Grandmaster's proposal of deciding through a contest of champions. All twelve of them would get to pick a champion from the new multiverse to fight in their stead, with Grandmaster already selecting Maestro (Bruce Banner) who they found alive and defiant in the ruins of Battleworld.

(Contest of Champions III#6 (fb) - BTS) - Obliterator picked a heavily armed, armor wielder to fight in his stead.

(Contest of Champions III#6 (fb) ) - The Elders' champions duked it out in Arcade's Killiseum arena. It soon became apparent the Obliterator's champion had little chance against the Collector's pick, Punisher 2099 (Jake Gallows). The bloodthirsty urban vigilante left his opponent with several large bulletholes in his frame. The Obliterator looked on, furious but obeying the rules of the contest.

Comments: Created by Steve Englehart (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils), Josef Rubinstein (inks)

Because of his somewhat goofy appearance and clunky armor (his Handbook image is a little too flattering), it's hard to take the Obliterator seriously. That makes the fact this dim-witted dullard has slaughtered more people than Thanos of Titan all the more gruesome.

Come to think of it, the Obliterator's total panic and despair when the Surfer destroyed his weapons might be emblematic of the very nature of the Elders. Their particular obsessions have become so ingrained that their reasoning and logic has been compromised. It took the Contemplator to point out to the Obliterator he was still the Obliterator even if the Surfer had destroyed his weapons. All he needed was a new gun.

Ego claims he is a member of the Elders because he's the only one of his race. The Elders seemingly had no problem with that logic.
Obliterator received a profile in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Update#5 (February, 2011)

Profile by Norvo.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Obliterator should not be confused with:


images: (without ads)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update#5, p40, pan1,2,3 (main image)
Silver Surfer III#6, p8, pans3-4 (as a child hunting)
Silver Surfer III#4, p20, pan5 (fighting Mantis)
Silver Surfer III#5, p18, pan3 (closeup)
Silver Surfer III#21, p6, pan1 (shopping for new WMDs)
Silver Surfer III#21, p16, pans5-6 (stopped by Silver Surfer's logic)


Appearances:
Silver Surfer III#4 (October, 1987) - Steve Englehart (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Michael Higgins (editor)
Silver Surfer III#5 (November, 1987) - Steve Englehart (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Michael Higgins (editor)
Silver Surfer III#6 (December, 1987) - Steve Englehart (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Michael Higgins (editor)
Silver Surfer III#21 (March, 1989) - Michael Higgins (writer), Marshall Rogers (writer/pencils), Dave Cockrum (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Silver Surfer III#41 (October, 1990) - Jim Starlin (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Quasar I#47 (June, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Andy Smith (pencils), Ralph Cabrera (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Quasar I#48 (July, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Andy Smith (pencils), Ralph Cabrera (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Contest of Champions III#6 (May, 2016) - Al Ewing (writer), Paco Medina (pencils), Juan Vlasco (inks), Chris Robinson & Mark Paniccia (editors)


Last updated: 04/10/16

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