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Thanos
MCU

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Your politics bore me. Your demeanour is that of a pouty child. And apparently, you alienated my favourite daughter, Gamora. I shall honour our agreement, Kree, if you bring me the Orb. But return to me again empty-handed... and I will bathe the starways in your blood.
~ Thanos

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I know what it's like to lose. To feel so desperately that you're right, yet to fail nonetheless. It's frightening. Turns the legs to jelly. I ask you, to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. And now, it's here. Or should I say, I am.
~ Thanos

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You could not live with your own failure. And where did that bring you? Back to me. I thought by eliminating half of life, the other half would thrive, but you've shown me... that's impossible. As long as there are those that remember what was, there will always be those that are unable to accept what can be. They will resist. I'm thankful...because now...I know what I must do. I will shred this universe down to its last atom and then, with the Stones you've collected for me, create a new one teeming with life that knows not what it has lost but only what it has been given. A grateful universe.
~ Thanos

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In all my years of conquest, violence, slaughter, it was never personal. But I'll tell you now, what I'm about to do to your stubborn, annoying little planet... I'm gonna enjoy it. Very, very much.
~ Thanos

Summary

Thanos was a genocidal warlord from Titan, whose main objective was to bring stability to the universe by wiping out half of all life at every level, as he believed its massive population would inevitably use up the universe's entire supply of resources and condemn this. To complete his goal, Thanos set about hunting down all the Infinity Stones, being confident that the combined power of the Stones would achieve his goal. Thanos forged alliances with Loki and Ronan the Accuser in order to track down some of the Stones. However, both alliances cost Thanos much of his resources, including the Mind Stone and the loyalty of Gamora and Nebula. Fed up with his subordinates' ongoing failures, Thanos made the decision to seek and procure the Stones himself, and he began by forcing Eitri to create the Infinity Gauntlet for him, so that he would be able to wield the power of the Stones safely. Afterwards, Thanos engaged in a ferocious crusade in order to obtain the Infinity Stones. During his mission, both he and his Black Order invaded multiple planets and slaughtered thousands to gain the Stones, including Thor and the Asgardians. This quest even forced Thanos to sacrifice Gamora, in order to obtain the Soul Stone. Thanos soon found himself challenged by the alliances of the entire universe's greatest heroes, which included the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. However, despite facing off against the powerful combined opposition and wrath of these heroes, Thanos still ultimately triumphed as he completed the Infinity Gauntlet, using it to finally complete his goal through the Snap, which resulted in half of all life in the universe being wiped out with a mere snap of his fingers. Following his Snap, Thanos had ensured this could never be reversed by reducing all of the Infinity Stones to atoms, resulting in the Avengers tracking him down on Planet 0259-S, where Thor executed him with Stormbreaker. For 5 years, the universe lived on with the devastating ramifications of his actions.

In 2023, the Avengers resurrected the victims of the Snap after traveling through time to collect the Infinity Stones, while they came across an alternate version of Thanos and his forces, who was determined to destroy the universe and recreate it after learning of his original self's demise. With great personal sacrifice, they finally ended his reign once and for all.

Powers and Stats

Tier: At least 5-C, higher with Double-Edged Sword. Varies, up to 5-A with individual Infinity Stones. Up to at least 3-A, possibly Low 2-C with completed Infinity Gauntlet

Name: Thanos, Dark Lord, Mad Titan

Origin: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Gender: Male

Age: 1 000 years old

Classification: Eternal, Titan, Warlord

Powers and Abilities:

Attack Potency: At least Moon level (Can trade blows with those who can harm him. Overpowered Post-Sakaar Hulk and easily knocked him out. Stronger than Awakened Thor and defeated him off-screen, leaving him severely injured[note 1]. Overpowered Captain Marvel while severely injured. His younger self fought against Post-Decimation Thor with Stormbreaker, Mark 85 Iron Man and Captain America at once in close combat. Casually sent Mark 50 Iron Man flying with a headbutt. Knocked away Post-Decimation Thor with a headbutt. Easily ripped the Mind Stone out of Vision, who is partially made of Vibranium. One-shot Doctor Strange's Tao Mandalas, which blocked blasts from Dormammu, which cut through a formerly inhabited world. Far superior to Ronan and threatened to kill him. Should be far superior to his children, such as Cull Obsidian and Ebony Maw. Easily crushed the Tesseract with one hand), higher with Double-Edged Sword (Deflected Stormbreaker when wielded by Post-Decimation Thor. Broke Captain America's Vibranium Shield). Varies (Can control the power of the Infinity Stones using the Infinity Gauntlet), up to Large Planet level with individual Infinity Stones (Destroyed the surface of a planet in seconds. Ripped apart Titan’s moon). Up to at least Universe level (Threatened to tear down the universe to its last atom and recreate it), possibly Universe level+ with completed Infinity Gauntlet (Might be capable of Infinity Ultron's feats)

Speed: Relativistic+ combat and reaction speed (Easily kept up with Post-Decimation Thor and Mark 85 Iron Man. Casually blocked Iron Man's repulsor. Reacted to Captain Marvel's photon blast while severely injured. Dodged Mjølnir in point-blank range. Moved much faster than Captain Marvel's top flight speed). At least Massively Hypersonic+ throwing speed with Double-Edged Sword (His sword reached Luis' Van before Captain Marvel when she was flying at top speed with a headstart). Varies, up to at least Sub-Relativistic attack speed via Power Stone (Can hit characters like Star-Lord before they can react). At least Massively Hypersonic+ attack speed via Space Stone (Threw meteors at this speed)

Lifting Strength: At least Class P (Overpowered Post-Sakaar Hulk's grappling. Stronger than Awakened Thor and Captain Marvel. Overpowered Post-Decimation Thor and nearly shoved Stormbreaker into his chest. Pushed through repulsor blasts from Mark 85 Iron Man charged by Post-Decimation Thor)

Striking Strength: At least Moon Class (Easily drew blood from Awakened Thor and Hulk with his punches), higher with Double-Edged Sword

Durability: At least Moon level (Endured the power surge from snapping the Infinity Gauntlet, which was stated to be of ridiculously cosmic proportions never seen before, while mortally wounded from Thor throwing Stormbreaker into him. Survived the power surge from atomising the Infinity Stones 3 weeks later, which should be comparable or superior to the first one, though it nearly killed him, but could still withstand attacks from Captain Marvel and Hulkbuster 2.0 afterwards. Withstood multiple attacks from Mark 50 Iron Man and Captain America with Mjølnir. Tanked punches from Post-Sakaar Hulk and attacks from Captain Marvel. Withstood multiple attacks from a bloodlusted Scarlet Witch. Endured a lightning blast from Post-Awakened Thor. Can survive holding the Power Stone with his bare hand. Far superior to Ronan), higher with Forcefield Creation (Blocked a blast from Scarlet Witch)

Stamina: Superhuman (Capable of fighting superhumans for long periods of time without getting tired. Fought against Post-Decimation Thor, Captain America and Iron Man without showing any exhaustion)

Range: Extended Melee Range. Tens of Meters by throwing Double-Edged Sword. Several Hundred Meters with Mind Stone. At least Tens of Kilometres, likely far higher with Time Stone. Thousands of Kilometres with Telekinesis. Planetary for Offensive Attacks with Power Stone. Interplanetary with Reality Stone. Universal for Portal Creation and completed Infinity Gauntlet

Standard Equipment:

  • The Infinity Gauntlet: Thanos used a powerful gauntlet forged from Uru, melted by the full force of a neutron star, by Eitri, under the strict command and supervision of Thanos himself under threat of death. With it, Thanos can collectively harness the power of all six Infinity Stones without being physically overwhelmed, and efficiently channel and command their power without risk of misdirection or backfiring.
    • Power Stone: Directly linked with, and representing all Power in the universe, the Power Stone grants Thanos immense, unrivalled power on a cosmic scale, allowing him to effortlessly tear apart the surface of planets and moons, destroy his enemies with blasts of cosmic energies, and enhance his strength and durability to nearly unmatched and indestructible levels.
    • Space Stone: Directly linked with, and representing all Space in the universe, the Space Stone grants Thanos direct control over the fabric of Space itself, allowing him to telekinetically throw pieces of Titan's moon, levitate, and fold space to create portals so that he may instantaneously traverse across the universe.
    • Reality Stone: Directly linked with, and representing Reality itself, the Reality Stone grants Thanos the ability to mould and reshape the fabric of reality as he sees fit, allowing him to effortlessly transmute anything and anyone in his vicinity, create tangible illusions, and reform the entire landscape in which he is in.
    • Soul Stone: Directly linked with, and representing the souls of all sentient beings in the Universe, the Soul Stone grants Thanos the power to manipulate the souls of his victims, allowing him to end the lives of his victims with but a snap of his fingers. When further empowered by the Five Other Stones combined, this ability can be performed on a universal scale.
    • Time Stone: Directly linked with, and representing all Time in the Universe, the Time Stone grants Thanos direct control over the fabric of Time itself, allowing him to halt, revert, and accelerate its flow, as well as generate endless time loops.
    • Mind Stone: Directly linked with, and representing the minds of all sentient beings in the universe, the Mind Stone grants Thanos the capability to influence and control the minds of his enemies.
  • Double-Edged Sword: Thanos used a Double-Edged Sword in his earlier days as a warlord, wielding it in his conquest across the universe. It is durable enough to withstand breaking Captain America's Vibranium Shield. He stopped using it sometime before the Assault on the Statesman. His alternate 2014 self wielded it in the Battle of Earth.
  • Armour: Thanos wore a durable set of armour during his conquest as an intergalactic warlord. He disposed of it after obtaining the Space Stone. He eventually regathered it to use it as a scarecrow for his farm.

Intelligence: Genius (Cunning and ruthless with intellect sharpened by centuries of experience. Brilliant strategist, commanding vast armies that have devastated countless worlds and destroyed empires across the galaxy, which earned him renown as one of the most fearsome warlords in the universe. Highly skilled combatant, who outmanoeuvred heroes such as Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and many others, during their confrontations. Could quickly and intuitively learn and master how to wield the Infinity Stones. Found a way to time travel from 2014 to 2023 after obtaining Pym Particles. Master manipulator and incredibly charismatic)

Weaknesses: Must be able to move his hand to activate the Infinity Stones. Excessive usage of Infinity Stones had a toll on his body, as left arm has been permanently damaged following the Snap

Feats: Respect threads

Note:

  • Thanos does not scale above every character in the MCU because of Korath's statement that Thanos is the most powerful being in the universe, as it is based on his own knowledge, which most likely does not include the knowledge of how powerful Odin, Hela, Celestials, Dormammu, etc., are.
  1. While it was implied that Thanos defeated Awakened Thor off-screen, the exact details of the fight are unknown. It is unknown whether Thanos had help from the Black Order or whether he used the Power Stone. However, given the circumstances, it is highly likely that Thor could not use his powers in the fight, at the very least to their greatest extent. As such, Thanos does not scale to Awakened Thor using his powers.

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