The five Tao-Yu brothers were born identical quintuplets to a family of Chinese farmers. While they were still children, their parents noticed a strange, almost mystical, bond between their sons – an unspoken communication seemed to exist among them.
One night while meditating, the brothers discovered they had an unusual ability – to merge all of their physical forms into one powerful being. Before long, word of the mutant brothers reached the ears of the government, and the Tao-Yu brothers were taken into custody to be studied.
Government scientists helped them unlock the full potential of their bizarre power, and they were soon made special operatives of the People’s Republic, their mission being to spread good will for the Communist Party throughout the nation. The government dubbed them the Collective Man.
Later the Collective Man appeared in a trio mutant freedom fighters called 3Peace, alongside members Jade Dragon and Nuuwa. It seems that he is now on the run from the Chinese government and an enemy of China Force.
As a government agent he wore Navy blue tights, wristbands ; red boots, shirt with five yellow stars on chest (this is the costume illustrated above).
Collective Man was a superhero who extolled the virtues of the Beijing government; he was, thus only marginally a “hero” by American standards. In later appearances he was a freedom fighter for Chinese mutant rights. In both versions Collective Man is foremost a hero of the people.
“The monster is mighty, indeed ! Yet he is but one against five – who are backed by the power of a nation !”
DC Universe History
Collective Man could remain a government agent. Perhaps as a member of the Global Guardians or as an applicant for the Justice League back in their “International” days. As there is no real mutant oppression in the DC Universe his “freedom fighter” gig would seem a little out of place.
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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly
|Dex: 09||Str: 05||Bod: 07||Motivation: Responsibility|
|Int: 07||Wil: 08||Min: 06||Occupation: Government Agents|
|Inf: 06||Aur: 06||Spi: 07||Wealth: 006|
|Init: 026||HP: 035|
Powers: Power Reserve (STR): 20, Split: 04
Bonuses and Limitations:
- AP loss for Split follows Split AP loss Table (FC+1)
- Power Reserve is Fatiguing (FC-2)
Skills: Acrobatics: 08, Martial Artist: 09, Military Science: 06
Advantages: Credentials (Chinese Government, Medium – before his defection), Languages (Mandarin Chinese), Lightning Reflexes, Local Hero
Connections: (former) Chinese Government(h)
Drawbacks: SIA to protecting the Chinese people
Helper(s): OHOTMU volume 1, Jeff Rovin, Chris Cottingham
Source of Character: Marvel Universe