Scanner of Force (Guardians of the Galaxy enemy) (Marvel Comics)




Scanner was part of Force, a space team that space-clashed with the 1990s Guardians of the Galaxy.


  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Force.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 7’8” Weight: 550 lbs.
  • Eyes: Red Hair: None


Powers and Abilities

A Snark, Scanner has a powerful tail which he makes use of in combat, preferring to fight in close-quarters.

He is also a highly talented tracker, which is enhanced by his radar sense, and a good pilot and navigator.


A Snark mercenary, Scanner was recruited into Force by Interface. He acts as their pilot and navigator.

When Interface learned of a sacred shield which supposedly bestowed great power on its wielder, he led Force on a search for the shield. The computer that runs the world where the shield was found, Main Frame, forced them to compete against another team that had been searching for the shield, the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Scanner faced off against Nikki. While he had the advantage in close combat, she put distance between them, trying to catch him in an ambush. His powers warned him of her location, but she still managed to catch him in a landslide, rendering him helpless. She was about to finish him off, when the contest was deemed over, and they were teleported away.

With the other contests resulting in draws, the final contest came down to Interface versus Vance Astro. Interface easily subdued Astro, but when he seized the shield, he didn’t understand that its power was symbolic, and was so caught up in trying to access the power that Astro managed to take it away from him.


Moving on…

Losing due to his motives rather than the contest, Interface, Force, and their ship were teleported 15 parsecs (1 parsec = 3.26 light years) away by Mainframe. Seeing no benefit in returning to challenge Mainframe or the Guardians, Interface ordered them to move on to other possibilities.

When Force were attacked by Malevolence, their resistance was easily dispatched. The one exception was Brahl, who happily made a deal with Malevolence. She declared them her slaves, using her power to keep them in line, and assigning Brahl as their new leader.

Malevolence led them to Homeworld, centre of the Universal Church of Truth. She demanded the role of matriarch to Protégé. When Malevolence sensed the Guardians and her main rival Aleta, she dispatched Force to delay them. Force attacked the Guardians on board their vessel. Scanner again faced off against Nikki, but this time he got the better of her.

Martinex convinced Interface to call a truce, forcing Scanner to let Nikki live. Brahl fled to tell Malevolence of their treachery. Joining forces, Force and the Guardians travelled to Homeworld to confront Malevolence. She convinced Protégé that they were coming to harm him. Thus, he dispatched his elite guards, forcing them to use their powers in his presence.

The battle was stopped when Starhawk reabsorbed Aleta and left, allowing Malevolence to win by default. Force and the Guardians were both spared when the Guardian, Replica, herself a Universalite, begged Protégé for their lives. He acceded, banishing them from Homeworld.

Force left, looking for new opportunities for profit.


Aggressive and overconfident, Scanner trusts in his powers to warn him of any surprises. He’s a ruthless fighter, who doesn’t hold back in combat.

Scanner running


“Foolish mammal. You cannot escape me ! I am called Scanner, scaleless one. Mine is the power to track any living being.”

“Fatal error, mammal ! Never turn your back on an opponent — especially if he has a tail !”

DC Universe Adaptation

(This section proposes ways of using this character in DC Universe stories).

Writer Jim Valentino designed Scanner as an equivalent of the LSH’s Dawnstar. If Scanner existed in the DCU, he’d therefore likely have some history with her.

Force have clashed with the Legion of Super Heroes on a couple of occasions, most recently when Brahl manoeuvred them into fighting as part of a plan to gain revenge on Phantom Girl. He was expelled from the group as a result.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 06 Str: 06 Bod: 06 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 016 HP: 025

Growth: 02, Radar Sense: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Growth is Always On and Already Factored In.

Acrobatics (Climbing): 06, Martial Artist (EV, tail only): 07, Military Science (Tracking): 08, Vehicles (Space): 05

None demonstrated.

Force (High).

Strange Appearance.

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Comics.

Helper(s): Gamers Handbook of the Marvel Universe, Sébastien Andrivet.