Collective Man (Marvel Comics)

Collective Man


The Collective Man is one of those somewhat awkward international superhumans seen in the 1980s Marvel Universe. He was introduced in the Mantlo run on Incredible Hulk (like, say, the Arabian Knight).

These are older technical notes, based on his 1980s appearance, rather than a full profile.


  • Real Name: Han, Chang, Lin, Sun, Ho Tao-Yu.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: The Collective Man, 3Peace.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile, formerly Peking, China.
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

By exerting their will the quintuplet brothers known as the Collective Man, can meld their five bodies into one. Once merged they gain proportionate strength, endurance, and invulnerability.

The Collective Man can also briefly increase his strength geometrically by tapping power from all Chinese persons.

Theoretically, The Collective Man can also tap the abilities or knowledge of any one of his countrymen individually. If this is the case high APs of Adaptation and Mind Probe that effect only his countrymen should be added.


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. They could merge all of their physical forms into one powerful being. Before long, word of the mutant brothers reached the ears of the government. Thus, the Tao-Yu brothers were taken into custody to be studied.

Government scientists helped them unlock the full potential of their bizarre power. 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.


Collective Man was a superhero who extolled the virtues of the Beijing government.

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.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Collective Man

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

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).

Acrobatics: 08, Martial Artist: 09, Military Science: 06

Credentials (Chinese Government, Medium – before his defection), Languages (Mandarin Chinese), Lightning Reflexes, Local Hero.

(former) Chinese Government (High).

SIA to protecting the Chinese people.

By Jackson.

Helper(s): OHOTMU volume 1, Jeff Rovin, Chris Cottingham.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.