Adam Warlock Respect Thread (UPDATED: 7/31/2016)

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Adam Warlock

Adam Warlock
Adam Warlock

Origin: Earth-616 Universe

Aliases: Him, Golden Gladiator, Master of all Souls, Adam Magus, Mr. Smith, Magus, Subject X-31, Avatar of Life, Jake Miller, Ultimate Avenger, God Slayer, Demon, Avenging Hand of Light

Occupations: Avenger, Savior of Worlds, Sorcerer, Battle Mage of the Guardians of the Galaxy, God, former guardian of Atlezca, Priest of the Soulworld, Mystic, Spiritual Vampire

Affiliations: Infinity Watch, Guardians of the Galaxy, Enclave

Species/Race: Gene-Bred Post-Human (Cosmic Being); Artificially created and genetically modified human being.

Weapons: Soul Gem, Karmic Staff

Powers/Abilities: Energy Manipulation, Sorcery, Enhanced Biology, Matter Manipulation, Cosmic Senses, Proficiency in Martial Arts, Proficient in Hacking, High Intelligence, Powers via Soul Gem

Character and Feat Myths

Going through comic vine, I've seen people who speak about Adam Warlock and whether hater or fan, there's various things that they've gotten completely wrong. This section is dedicated to pointing out these claims and myths with truths terms with feats and capabilities. Many of these will have supporting images or sources to make it easy to understand. Here's some I've noted:

  • The splitting between the Current and Classic feats are for convenience. There's no official text supporting the idea that he's "stronger" or "much better" in his classic versions. Most incarnations didn't give him new powers, but further amplified his already present powers he has outside the Soul Gem. The Soul Gem also bestowed powers based on it AND amplified certain abilities. There's this idea that Classic Warlock > Current Warlock or even vice versa. The truth is: The only thing that separates them is the Soul Gem and people's opinion of subjectivity of which era looks more impressive. (Sans his Him incarnation.)
  • This will be explained in the Sorcery portion of the Current incarnation section but Adam's mystical power are now under "Sorcery" and "Mysticism". Yes, he has been doing a variation of a kind of magic and has been referred to as mystic. Refer to yourself to that section for more information. (Proof is in the appropriate sections)
  • He has NOT ever beaten the likes of Thor in the comics. In all three fights, he's only look impressive in one. (They'll be in the Respect Thread with appropriate sourcing.)
  • He did not lose a fight to the character Maxam during the Warlock and the Infinity Watch. I've seen this pointed out as a low showing but neglect to not only mention at his max, he's about Class 100 according to handbooks (not super accurate but he did fight against Hercules) but that Adam was ambused and considered him a friend, meaning he held back. Furthermore, it was Moondragon who put in a hallucination of Maxam killing Adam. (Warlock and the Infinity Watch 40)
  • He's won against Quasar. Many people who have done a Quasar vs Warock post up until the point he began draining his energy. The fight goes BEYOND that point in Adam's favor. Those who post things as a low showing need to be aware of the COMPLETE fight. It should be posted here too.
  • Pointed out in the Quantum Magic/Physical Capabilities portion, his stabbing within Guardians of the Galaxy run (Abnett/Lanning Run) was done by a powered up sword, not an ordinary one. Those who look at it for a durability low showing need to read the entire issue 3 of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for context behind it.
  • Soul sucking capabilities are a last resort tactic on Adam's behalf.
  • Adam's strength level has not ever really been specified outside handbooks and showing against fights. He's ranked on the same strength level as Carol Danvers at his fullest augmented and Class 10 when base.

Current Incarnations

Current Costume
Current Costume

The current Adam Warlock retains a appearance more akin to an actual warlock: adorned in red and black. Various artist, however, has interpret this to either be skin-tight like normal superheroes clothes or more like robs but generally look like this above. There's various keywords at this part to keep in mind.

  • Premature: You'll see this for any pages on the Annihilation: Conquest book. This describes his form during the event. He remains here from Annihilation: Conquest 1-5. He's outfitted in all black with a thunder bolt in the center colored red.
  • Mature: This is his form he gains in Annihilation: Conquest 5 onward and is his current costume in outside media and in the comic books. Some sections may or may not be labelled. But if there's no labelling, you can assume it's him in his mature form. He retains this throughout both Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Magus: This is the darker aspect of Adam in which has manifested from the events of the Guardians of the Galaxy. However, rather then being a separate entity from the future like in the old days, the overlapping of the timeline now makes Magus an EXTENSION of Adam, only being his darkness (I'm starting to think it's a retcon to make things more simple). Up until his death in Thanos: Ignition, you can almost consider Warlock and Magus synonymous in at least the capability department. Currently, they both co-exist now. Cause apparently, when Warlock came back due to the cosmic cube (this was said to be a trick but Thanos: Infinity Relativity confirmed he did come back) and was shot and killed, HE died but his Magus persona lived and used his body. Then died too and stuff.
  • Upgrade: This details his form in the Thanos: Infinity Revelation book. His costume remains the same (except artist detail wise) but this expresses the newer capabilties he has. Anything under this is the most recent around.
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Energy Manipulation

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Adam manipulates magical energy to cancel out a spell from the Imperial Magician, Magique. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 14)
LIMITATION: Adam admits that he cannot manipulate energy in the same way Vulcan does. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 14) NOTE: I don't know how this applies to his UPGRADE, as now he's so proficient he can
LIMITATION: Adam admits that he cannot manipulate energy in the same way Vulcan does. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 14) NOTE: I don't know how this applies to his UPGRADE, as now he's so proficient he can "short-curicuit" other energy manipulator. This limitation may no longer apply.

Post Upgrade

Manipulates Quasar's Energy and
Manipulates Quasar's Energy and "short-circuits" him, causing an instant one-hit KO. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)

Absorption Feats

Pre-Upgrade

Along with Phyla, Adam absorbs the energy released from Rocket's font grenade. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 1)
Along with Phyla, Adam absorbs the energy released from Rocket's font grenade. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 1)
Absorbs magical energy from Magique forcibly, a process that was painful. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 14)
Absorbs magical energy from Magique forcibly, a process that was painful. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 14)

Post-Upgrade

According to Thanos, Adam's new body now allows him to be a DIRECT ENERGY CONSUMER. This has various applications as a result. See the Other Feats section for more info on what this allows him to do. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)
According to Thanos, Adam's new body now allows him to be a DIRECT ENERGY CONSUMER. This has various applications as a result. See the Other Feats section for more info on what this allows him to do. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)
Adam drains Ikon's armor power with a touch of his finger. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)
Adam drains Ikon's armor power with a touch of his finger. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)

Cosmic Energy Feats (Post Upgrade)

(Note: I'm assuming the energy he offensively manipulates when attacking is cosmic energy based on the fact that he's manipulating the same energy present in his flashbacks in Infinity Relativity. Although different Warlock, he retains the same past except costume wise. There, his past version is seen with the same energy as now. He was definitely cosmic energy there then. His powers are also compared to Galactus's heralds, making it more likely to me. On a related but not to this note, he also does in the Avengers Alliance game where his Magus version manipulates Cosmic Energy. So I think I'm not too off on this.)

Adam one-shots Silver Surfer with a close-range cosmic burst at his backside. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)
Adam one-shots Silver Surfer with a close-range cosmic burst at his backside. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)
Adam creates a cosmic shield construct out of energy. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)
Adam creates a cosmic shield construct out of energy. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)

Soul (Life) Energy Manipulation

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Manipulates billions of soul energy around the area. This energy is proficient enough to actually damage Ultron himself, who tends to have high durability and most likely adamantium as a shell. Although he seems to even up the dents, it's pretty major for his energy capable of breaking adamantium. He also transfers his power to Phyla's Quantum Band and with that and her power, she was able to cut down Ultron. (Annihilation: Conquest 6)

Matter Manipulation

Thanos compares Adam's powers to Galactus's herald and himself. Adam can now gain substance from energy itself. Now only this, but he specifies his new capabilities among them is converting energy into matter. Additionally, he retains his capability in cosmic awareness (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)
Thanos compares Adam's powers to Galactus's herald and himself. Adam can now gain substance from energy itself. Now only this, but he specifies his new capabilities among them is converting energy into matter. Additionally, he retains his capability in cosmic awareness (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)

Sorcery

The Thanos Imperative: Ignition 1
The Thanos Imperative: Ignition 1

Contrary to popular belief, it seems that since his re-introduction from Abnett and Lanning's stories, Adam himself is specified more heavily to be a actual Sorcerer and previous handbooks have also labelled him a "Mystic", meaning he's been having magical capabilities. So let it be known this Respect Thread will refer mystical powers as outright Sorcery/ Magic.

Mysticism

Adam can here the cries and feelings of the souls who were annihilated by Annihilus. BILLIONS of souls. Adam hearing them all at the same time caused him to previously go mad. (Annihilation: Conquest 1)
Adam can here the cries and feelings of the souls who were annihilated by Annihilus. BILLIONS of souls. Adam hearing them all at the same time caused him to previously go mad. (Annihilation: Conquest 1)
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Moves his own soul into Phyla's Quantum Bands. (Annihilation: Conquest 6)

Post Upgrade

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Although dead, he was capable of interacting freely and even manage to escape to the living world without Death capable of doing much about it. Furthermore, he's able to be resurrection without appearing in a cocoon now. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)

Metaphysical Quantum Energy Manipulation (Quantum Magic)

(Note: Not sure If he retains this magic after his resurrection in 2015's Infinity Revelation onward. This is, however, left into the air as he appears in his same costume and different costume changes normally means new incarnation. Pretty sure authors do that to make the distinguish obvious.)

Premature

During this course in time, Adam's powers were new to him and he admitted to using them almost instinctively. But his powers have a habit of "attacking" him as he was reborn too early and this was a weakness, as it could happen to him at anytime with no warning whatsoever.

Adam materializes new clothes for him to wear with his magical abilities. (Annihilation: Conquest 1)
Adam materializes new clothes for him to wear with his magical abilities. (Annihilation: Conquest 1)
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Adam is capable of generating force fields and flight in which can carry others. His shields can also withstand the heat of a star. (Annihilation: Conquest 1)
Constructs a piece of armor on his shoulder and a gauntlet (Annihilation: Conquest 3)
Constructs a piece of armor on his shoulder and a gauntlet (Annihilation: Conquest 3)
Can track other's movements. (Annihilation: Conquest 4)
Can track other's movements. (Annihilation: Conquest 4)

Mature

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Capable of learning what Limbo Ice was with his Quantum Magic. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 2)
Adam can detect fissures. Another thing, he mentions that he was possibly capable of separating the people from the biomass but explains that by the time they found this, it was too late due to the fact that the biomass absorbed 2 Cardinals of the Church and it's energy made it unstable. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 3)
Adam can detect fissures. Another thing, he mentions that he was possibly capable of separating the people from the biomass but explains that by the time they found this, it was too late due to the fact that the biomass absorbed 2 Cardinals of the Church and it's energy made it unstable. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 3)
Adam casts an
Adam casts an "obliterating charm". Needless to say, it has a large AOE size. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 2)
Adam is capable of casting healing spells. However, he is interrupted by a stab with a special sword. This will be explained in the physical feats portion. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 3)
Adam is capable of casting healing spells. However, he is interrupted by a stab with a special sword. This will be explained in the physical feats portion. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 3)
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Adam can use his magic to communicate with the ghostly functions of a dead Celestial. He was sucessful and finds Cosmo and the Skrulls. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 5)
Adam is capable of Telekinesis with his Quantum Magic (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 6)
Adam is capable of Telekinesis with his Quantum Magic (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 6)
Constructs a sword out of Quantum Magic (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 8)
Constructs a sword out of Quantum Magic (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 8)
Quantum Magic is unable to be normally sensed by the belief fields in place by the Universal Church of Truth. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 10)
Quantum Magic is unable to be normally sensed by the belief fields in place by the Universal Church of Truth. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 10)
Adam is capable of teleporting himself and another with his magic. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 10)
Adam is capable of teleporting himself and another with his magic. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 10)
LIMITATION: Adam's Quantum Magic can be manipulated over a Omega-Level Energy Manipulator like Vulcan and rob him of power. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 14)
LIMITATION: Adam's Quantum Magic can be manipulated over a Omega-Level Energy Manipulator like Vulcan and rob him of power. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 14)
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Adam uses his Quantum Magic to transmute a planetoid into a metal that didn't exist before. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 13)
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Adam vs Cardinal Arokine. Adam uses his combat and energy manipulation skills of Quantum Magic to defeat him. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 8)
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Adam removes the Witchmark off of him and onto Magique. The spell was draining according to him. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 15)
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Casts a Universal Enchantment to replace the current timeline with an unsued future where he became the Magus. He performs this after being energized by the UCOT's faith generators. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 17)

Magus

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Wrecks the Guardians of the Galaxy for the most part until he is stopped by a cosmic cube. Here, he uses Soul Manipulation [This is revealed in 20] to extract the souls of Gamora, Phyla-Vell, Mantis, and Cosmo. You'll see this in the Soul Manipulation portion. He also showcases telekinesis and superb healing.(Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 19)
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Capable of magical lightning. His power is ranked to be higher then Evil Quasar and Worldmind cannot even actually comprehend Magus's power but knows it's far higher then Richard Rider's own. (The Thanos Imperaction: Ignition 1)
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Powered by the UCOT's faith energy generators, he lines up planets and blows them up after uttering one phrase (The Thanos Imperaction: Igniton 1

Psionic

Adam is capable of holding a telepathic conversation with Mantis (The kind where he talks loudly and is heard through) and after, he is shown capable of kicking her out like he can hang up a phone. She is a powerful telepath capable of swaying his mind (and the rest of the GOTG) so it's a impressive telepathic feat. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 5)
Adam is capable of holding a telepathic conversation with Mantis (The kind where he talks loudly and is heard through) and after, he is shown capable of kicking her out like he can hang up a phone. She is a powerful telepath capable of swaying his mind (and the rest of the GOTG) so it's a impressive telepathic feat. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 5)
Fight off the Phalanx's assimilation attempts with his mind. (Annihilation: Conquest - Quasar 4)
Fight off the Phalanx's assimilation attempts with his mind. (Annihilation: Conquest - Quasar 4)

Physical Capabilities

Adam one-shots the Phalax Select, Shattarax and sends him flying in the process. Apparently, this guy was once capable of not only holding off Iron Man, but was also able to gain the upperhand. So this is a nicer feat then it appears as he easily takes out a character who was once on Iron Man's level. (Annihilation: Conquest 1)
Adam one-shots the Phalax Select, Shattarax and sends him flying in the process. Apparently, this guy was once capable of not only holding off Iron Man, but was also able to gain the upperhand. So this is a nicer feat then it appears as he easily takes out a character who was once on Iron Man's level. (Annihilation: Conquest 1)
Adam's body (occupied by Ultron) is strong to the point Technarch Warlock himself admits he couldn't beat Ultron in Adam's body by force alone. (Annihilation: Conquest 6)
Adam's body (occupied by Ultron) is strong to the point Technarch Warlock himself admits he couldn't beat Ultron in Adam's body by force alone. (Annihilation: Conquest 6)
LIMITATION: Even Adam's durability can be pierced by advance tech/magical weaponry like the blade used to stab him. Many people use this as a low-showing of his durability BUT it should be noted it was NO ORDINARY BLADE. The blade was empowered by the Chruch's faith energy. Whatever they believed happened (in most cases). In the very least, this does show that his durability is exceptional enough to warrant those usage. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 3)
LIMITATION: Even Adam's durability can be pierced by advance tech/magical weaponry like the blade used to stab him. Many people use this as a low-showing of his durability BUT it should be noted it was NO ORDINARY BLADE. The blade was empowered by the Chruch's faith energy. Whatever they believed happened (in most cases). In the very least, this does show that his durability is exceptional enough to warrant those usage. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 3)
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During his fight with Vulcan, resorts to hand-to-hand and un-agumented strength as well as agility with minor application to his powers. Considering he was depleted mostly of his power and facing an OMEGA-LEVEL mutant, he did rather well. He also surprises Vulcan with his striking strength that was capable of damaging him as well as lift part of a ship and attack. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 14)
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Augmented by his energy (Quantum Magic/Soul Energy?), he is able to physically send Ultron flying as well as break the Phalax's bodies. (Annihilation: Conquest 2)
Physically mutilates the Shi'ar soldiers. From the images, he's ripped one in half, ripped an arm off, and a head. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 15)
Physically mutilates the Shi'ar soldiers. From the images, he's ripped one in half, ripped an arm off, and a head. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 15)

Magus

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Able to fight Gamora physically with ease and seemingly kill her (actually extracts her soul to appear dead). At the same time, Major Victory's contributions are useless and he gets taken out quickly. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 19)
Limitation: His remarkable durability can be cut through with magical blades infused with, well, magic like death magic. However, he can easily heal himself. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 19)
Limitation: His remarkable durability can be cut through with magical blades infused with, well, magic like death magic. However, he can easily heal himself. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 19)
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Overpowers Quasar.....again. (The Thanos Imperactive: Ignition 1)

Post Upgrade

Minor strength feat: Adam tears off Ikon's mask with ease. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)
Minor strength feat: Adam tears off Ikon's mask with ease. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation)

Biology

Can sense teleportation. (Annihilation: Conquest 2)
Can sense teleportation. (Annihilation: Conquest 2)
Being a cosmic being of Quantum Magic, Adam can get around teleportation screening due to it not screening against magical particles. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 13)
Being a cosmic being of Quantum Magic, Adam can get around teleportation screening due to it not screening against magical particles. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 13)
His perfect, genetic material is references once again with the High Evolutionary explaining that the process to create beings like him was too complex for even him to quite get around. (Annihilation: Conquest 2)
His perfect, genetic material is references once again with the High Evolutionary explaining that the process to create beings like him was too complex for even him to quite get around. (Annihilation: Conquest 2)
Has Comic Senses still. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation 1)
Has Comic Senses still. (Thanos: Infinity Revelation 1)
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Intellect and Knowledge

Showcases knowledge in space lore and probably science as he learns up close and personal of the Quantum Bands. (Annihilation: Conquest 3)
Showcases knowledge in space lore and probably science as he learns up close and personal of the Quantum Bands. (Annihilation: Conquest 3)
Has a understanding of Space itself and when a disaster affects it. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 1)
Has a understanding of Space itself and when a disaster affects it. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 1)
Deduces the biomass's orgins in the Dyson Sphere. The reason why I even include some of these things is because of the fact that he's so smart....but has never set foot at a school or even really opened a book but retains a lot of knowledge. (._. ) (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 3)
Deduces the biomass's orgins in the Dyson Sphere. The reason why I even include some of these things is because of the fact that he's so smart....but has never set foot at a school or even really opened a book but retains a lot of knowledge. (._. ) (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 3)

Classic Incarnations

A older Warlock Costume
A older Warlock Costume

The Classic Incarnation details from his appearance starting from Marvel Premier - Warlock to the latest days of the Infinity Abyss books. Effectively, this is from the 1970s to around 2005-06ish time when referring to the "Classic Incarnations". As noted earlier within the Respect Thread, this is done out of convenience and there's no official text or anything stating that the Classic Version differs wholly from the Current or that either or is better then one another.

Handbook Information

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Official information on his capabilities during this time period. Take note it doesn't actually specify everything! (Official Marvel Handbook: Master Edition)
Official information on his capabilities during this time period. Take note it doesn't actually specify everything! (Official Marvel Handbook: Master Edition)
Character Encyclopedia for Adam. Details on the powers he displays throughout any incarnation (Cosmic Blast, Cosmic trapping and augmentation that allows more strength, endurance and healing powers, manipulates cosmic energy to reduce gravity and fly.) Hence why here. This came out in 2006 so this would fit in the void of the Infinity Abyss Incarnation. (Marvel: The Character Encyclopedia Vol 2 1)
Character Encyclopedia for Adam. Details on the powers he displays throughout any incarnation (Cosmic Blast, Cosmic trapping and augmentation that allows more strength, endurance and healing powers, manipulates cosmic energy to reduce gravity and fly.) Hence why here. This came out in 2006 so this would fit in the void of the Infinity Abyss Incarnation. (Marvel: The Character Encyclopedia Vol 2 1)

Sorcery

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Creates a Mystical Portal (Infinity Gauntlet 5)
Capable of transmuting and modifying bodies as well as inhabiting other bodies.
Capable of transmuting and modifying bodies as well as inhabiting other bodies.

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Capable of contacting individuals on a spiritual plane as well as share his soul with others to know himself as well as doing so for the other. He does this with Doctor Strange (Infinity Gauntlet Vol 1 2)

After entering the Ultraverse and his ressurection from being killed by Rune, Adam can see auras as well as sense where he is and can disconcern different universes.  (Rune #1 1995)
After entering the Ultraverse and his ressurection from being killed by Rune, Adam can see auras as well as sense where he is and can disconcern different universes. (Rune #1 1995)

Energy Manipulation

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Counts of Cosmic Energy Manipulation (Warlock Vol 2 4)

Absorption

Draws in heat to his body. (Warlock Vol 1 5)
Draws in heat to his body. (Warlock Vol 1 5)

Psionics

Psionic Defenses

Even when unconscious, Adam has mental shields in which are described to be
Even when unconscious, Adam has mental shields in which are described to be "intense" by Moondragon, a renown telepath. (Infinity Abyss 4)
Adam expells Moondragon out of his mind. (Infinity Abyss 4)
Adam expells Moondragon out of his mind. (Infinity Abyss 4)
See's through Man-Beast's Hypnotic Gaze (Warlock Vol 1 2)
See's through Man-Beast's Hypnotic Gaze (Warlock Vol 1 2)

Physical Capabilities

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Flies through a Black Hole (Warlock Vol 1)
Moves at parsec speed [Meaning faster then the speed of light] (Warlock Vol 1)
Moves at parsec speed [Meaning faster then the speed of light] (Warlock Vol 1)

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Fights Drax in the Soul World with his physical prowess and beats him, showcasing superior speed. Contrary to popular belief, while he has powers from being in the Soul World, he didn't use any of it's influence in his fight. He chokes out Drax while in the Soul World because he didn't realize he didn't need to breath and he was of no danger. Such a feat was noted by Silver Surfer that someone besting him outright was thought impossible. (Solver Surfer Vol 3 47)

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LIMITATION: Held his own with Doom for a few before being taken down with an enegy blast (happened again with a one-shot capability). Adam was stripped of the Soul Gem in this battle prior. (Infinity War 5)
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Fights and gets the upperhand against a smarter Drax, who's physical strength level was said to rival that of Hulk's own. He's also tussled it with Thor and Thing. (Warlock Vol 2 1)
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Tanked blasts from Balastaar, Syphon, and Annihilus from his cosmic rod. While it knocked him in a daze, he was capable of fighting afterwards despite this. He also doesn't even have the Soul Gem to even help him. (Warlock Vol 2 3-4)
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Takes a beating from the late Captain Marvel's deceased body. (Warlock Vol 2 2)
Backhands Gamora away with ease accidentally due to being impulsive. His personality suffers a little from the fact he's trying to remove the Soul Gem, in which has been commented to inhibit his emotions. (Warlock Vol 2 3)
Backhands Gamora away with ease accidentally due to being impulsive. His personality suffers a little from the fact he's trying to remove the Soul Gem, in which has been commented to inhibit his emotions. (Warlock Vol 2 3)

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Fight Olik, a Rock Troll. Shows martial skill throughout his fight and lectures Olik too. Then takes a beating on purpose before ending the fight with a Karmic Blast. (Warlock and the Infinity Watch 24)
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Adam fights off the Rigellions. They have advance technology capable of taking him down and using technology to endow themselves with strength superior to his own (at max, Adam's strength level is Class 40 with striking strength that lets him hurt people far above that class). He uses martial arts and un-augmented skill to fight them. He only uses his Soul Gem on 2 opponents (Thanos Vol. 1 2)
Kills one of the Helios Hounds belonging to an assassin. (Marvel Premier: Warlock 2)
Kills one of the Helios Hounds belonging to an assassin. (Marvel Premier: Warlock 2)
Body survives being thrown down from orbit onto Earth. (Warlock Vol. 1 1)
Body survives being thrown down from orbit onto Earth. (Warlock Vol. 1 1)
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Manhandles Beasts (Warlock Vol 1 2)
Despite being weakened, manages to overpower Man-Beast physically. (Warlock Vol 1 2)
Despite being weakened, manages to overpower Man-Beast physically. (Warlock Vol 1 2)
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Fights and overpowers Triax (Who goes by Apollo) and forces him to reveal his form due to his overpowering and causes himto leverage life. (Warlock Vol 1 3)
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Fights Triax once more and takes him down. (Warlock Vol 1 4)
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Dodges Missiles (Warlock Vol 1 4)
Warlock displays some super strength as he destroys large rocks. (Warlock Vol 1 5)
Warlock displays some super strength as he destroys large rocks. (Warlock Vol 1 5)
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Warlock tanks a multitude of missile explosions despite being weakened, though it does disorientate him. (Warlock Vol 1 5)
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Warlock vs Brute: Wins by De-Evolving him and using his inner power even after he distracts him by destroying a bridge. (Warlock Vol 1 6)
Dodges the military and stays on the defensive. (Warlock Vol 1 6)
Dodges the military and stays on the defensive. (Warlock Vol 1 6)
Shields explosion to protect Counter-Earth Reed Richards (Warlock Vol 1 7)
Shields explosion to protect Counter-Earth Reed Richards (Warlock Vol 1 7)
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Warlock fights and holds own with the Demons until his battle is interripted (Warlock Vol 1 8)
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Adam vs Autocylus. Noteworthy because it's Adam's fist battle against a experienced, hand-to-hand fighter in the least compared to those he fought on Counter Earth. Battle is interrupted as the Soul Gem absorbs his soul and in turn, his skills and experience. (Stranger Tales 179)
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Escapes Harness and stealthily takes the ship from the people on board who are part of the Universal Church of Truth. (Stranger Tales 179)

Soul Gem

Explanation of the Soul Gem and it's connection to Adam (Warlock Vol 1 8)
Explanation of the Soul Gem and it's connection to Adam (Warlock Vol 1 8)

Adam de-evolves Brute (Counter-Earth's Reed Richards) (Warlock Vol 1 6)
Adam de-evolves Brute (Counter-Earth's Reed Richards) (Warlock Vol 1 6)
Uses the Soul Gem to reconstruct a bridge on a molecular level. Specified to be delicate work. (Warlock Vol 1 6)
Uses the Soul Gem to reconstruct a bridge on a molecular level. Specified to be delicate work. (Warlock Vol 1 6)
 Can contact others on a private, spiritual level. (Infinity Crusade Vol 1 3)
Can contact others on a private, spiritual level. (Infinity Crusade Vol 1 3)

Karmic Blast

Description of the Karmic Blast (Infinity War 2)
Description of the Karmic Blast (Infinity War 2)

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Karmic Blast takes out Olik, a Rock Troll. (Warlock and the Infinity Watch 24)
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Karmic Blasts takes out X-Men character Archangel, Polaris, and Colossus (Infinity War 4)

Esoteric Abilities

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Uses the Soul Gem for sculpting. For someone who had only been created and lived for a few years at most [confirmed in Marvel Premiere], he sure has a grasp on that. (Warlock Vol 1 7)
Warlock displays the ability to attune his senses to see DNA. (Ultraverse Unlimited 1)
Warlock displays the ability to attune his senses to see DNA. (Ultraverse Unlimited 1)

Intellect and Knowledge

Adam absorbs Autocylus's soul, gaining his experience as well as other things via the Soul Gem. He was a skilled individual who recieved hand-to-hand combat by the Universal Church of Truth as well as a skilled marksman. This would mean Adam's skills include both these. It might explain how he's become so formidable. (Stranger Tales 179)
Adam absorbs Autocylus's soul, gaining his experience as well as other things via the Soul Gem. He was a skilled individual who recieved hand-to-hand combat by the Universal Church of Truth as well as a skilled marksman. This would mean Adam's skills include both these. It might explain how he's become so formidable. (Stranger Tales 179)
Adam was able to hack into the Avenger's computer to read the computer files on the Avenger's enemies. (Thanos Vol 1. 4)
Adam was able to hack into the Avenger's computer to read the computer files on the Avenger's enemies. (Thanos Vol 1. 4)
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Hacks the Enclave's Incubator Data field for their new attempt of creating a being similar to him. Throughout the entire series due to Adam, there's a program that runs that makes her experience a normal human life in which she creates a new Adam Warlock entity and helps him make difficult decisions and in the end, she loses someone she cared about. This was also based on the real world too. He did it so she could experience hardship and understand evil and not fall for whatever the Encalve intended. Very complicated to explain but apparently, Adam is a very good damn hacker to find time to do this AND THEN HE GOT AWAY WITH IT WITHOUT ANYONE FINDING OUT. He himself actually is in the program posing as "Mr. Smith". (Warlock Vol. 6 4)
Adam is capable of utilizing nerve strikes. Keep in mind he uses this even after acquiring a new body, he explains in the next page after this that getting use to a new body was a task, as he didn't know his full capabilities and limitations. (Warlock and the Infinity Watch 4)
Adam is capable of utilizing nerve strikes. Keep in mind he uses this even after acquiring a new body, he explains in the next page after this that getting use to a new body was a task, as he didn't know his full capabilities and limitations. (Warlock and the Infinity Watch 4)
No matter the incarnation, Adam definitely has capability/skill in martial arts/hand-to-hand combat as well as knowledge. Here, we can see that he has insight on the notable qualities within the fighting styles of other alien races: Kree, Shi'ar, Skrull, and his opponents the Rigellions. (Thanos Vol 1 2)
No matter the incarnation, Adam definitely has capability/skill in martial arts/hand-to-hand combat as well as knowledge. Here, we can see that he has insight on the notable qualities within the fighting styles of other alien races: Kree, Shi'ar, Skrull, and his opponents the Rigellions. (Thanos Vol 1 2)
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Knows Thanos better then Thanos knows himself, a fact Thanos himself even accepts after a little convincing. It's because Adam points out the stuff Thanos is too prideful to admit too. (Marvel: The End 6)
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An earlier count of Adam claiming to know Thanos better tan he knows himself. (Infinity Gauntlet 5)

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#3 Posted by WarDevil (463 posts) - - Show Bio

Great thread. My only observation is with your speed feat You said he keeps up with the surfer. Looking at the scan, you can see the surfer is actually carrying him. I don't think he has ever been as fast as the surfer, That's why he needed him during the infinity gauntlet arc. Surfer was the only one fast enough to carry out his plan to get the gauntlet.

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#4 Posted by JayAaerow (571 posts) - - Show Bio

@wardevil said:

Great thread. My only observation is with your speed feat You said he keeps up with the surfer. Looking at the scan, you can see the surfer is actually carrying him. I don't think he has ever been as fast as the surfer, That's why he needed him during the infinity gauntlet arc. Surfer was the only one fast enough to carry out his plan to get the gauntlet.

I forgot to note this a few months back reading this but since you pointed it out, i took it down.

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