Death was "born" along with the universe itself and the other cosmic entities associated with it. Whereas Eternity embodies life and growth, Death embodies decay and destruction. As she is a fundamental force, she has no true physical form, but can manifest in such a form as to interact with physical entities. Although she usually appears as a human or human skeleton, presumably it appears to other species in their own forms. Death rarely speaks aloud; its presence alone can usually convey its message.
Death makes its home in the Realm of Death, a dimension normally inaccessible to the living. Death's undead servants there are called minions. The Infinity Well there can answer any question, possibly by giving access to the accumulated wisdom of the dead.
Mortal beings have always strove to make sense of and control their surroundings. This tendency leads to anthropomorphism, the assignment of mortal motivations to impersonal processes or forces. Personifying these forces creates the expectation that communication with them, and thus influence over them, is possible. Traditionally, ordinary mortals have little or no success in swaying Death once it selects a victim.
In times of war, when death seems always close, stories of Death abound. During World War II, American soldier John Kowalski became an agent of Death.
The most familiar manifestation of Death is as Mistress Death, a young woman in a dark hooded robe. In this guise, Thanos, the mad Titan, fell in love with her. He wooed her by presenting her with as many souls as he could collect, which to him necessitated the extinction of entire species and planets. Mistress Death apparently approved of Thanos's behavior, because she resurrected him more than once, although she chose not to speak to him directly.
This same Mistress Death formed an attachment to Deadpool, whose curse is to be unable to die. These star-crossed lovers can therefore never be together.
Powers and Abilities
- Death: Death itself can liberate the soul or spirit of a living being but generally leaves this task to the various beings of the afterlife, such as the Valkyries, Hela, or Doorman. Because Death is the embodiment of all death, every lost soul belongs to it, so the agent of passage is irrelevant. Death can also reverse that passage and return a being to life, but that rarely happens. Death can choose to ignore certain beings, possibly as a mark of respect for their ability to survive. The Elders of the Universe fall into this category. Other beings with the proper knowledge, such as the Sorcerer Supreme, can challenge Death directly; by succeeding at this challenge, they become immune to true death.
- Immortality: Death itself cannot die, since it is not truly alive; the basic laws of the universe would have to change to erase death.
- Power Cosmic: (Nigh-Omnipotence if not Omnipotence) Unlimited ability to manipulate reality, time, space, matter, energy, or magic for any purpose. It rarely uses this power, however, possibly because it does not wish to upset the balance of the cosmic entities, which could endanger itself.
- Soothing Appearance: If Death manifests itself to a mortal being in its final moments, it may take the form of a loved one.
Unknown and certainly incalculable.
Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.
- Thanos and Deadpool are both in love with Death. Because of this, Thanos cursed Deadpool with an inability to die.
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- Appearances of Death (Earth-1010)
- Character Gallery: Death (Earth-1010)
- Quotations by Death (Earth-1010)
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