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Imagine a multiverse where every outer dimension, the worlds inhabited by mortals like us, is ruled by immensely powerful cosmic entities whose very nature is beyond human understanding. Imagine, that these cosmic entities saw each of the worlds that they govern as little more than "stories" for them to freely alter and manipulate for their own entertainment.
Now imagine that the ruler of said multiverse, the resident TOAA figure, the one who holds the very power that created the multiverse itself; is a depressed, bipolar, schizophrenic, teenage girl. Welcome to the crazy screwed up wonderland known as "Pandora Hearts".
Now let us imagine that said teenager girl's closest companions consisted of a cat, her twin sister (who she occasionally trades places with as the host for said power), and a sentient plush toy. Now imagine that in her darkest moment, a state of emotional vulnerability, she imbued said toy with immense power. Power that mutated him into an eldritch abomination whose very existence is a threat to creation itself.
Oz made his first appearance in a short "one shot" story, which was later rewritten as a full series.
Though he most often takes the appearance of a human and spent the early part of the story in a depowered state, Oz is in fact a powerful extra-dimensional entity from, the "Abyss". It is Pandora Heart's macro-verse; the infinite primordial void from which all dimensions have spawned. Such creatures in the world of Pandora Hearts, are referred to as "Chains".
Most chains are not allowed to exist in the human world without having forged a contract with a human. The stipulations of most contracts is that the human will provide the chain with souls and the chain will grant them 1 wish when the contract is complete.
Oz in particular is an especially powerful chain, who was granted the ability to destroy absolutely anything through contact.
By channeling his power through his scythe and chains, Oz is able to cut through and destroy anything he comes into contact with.
Here he cuts through the fabric of space allowing him to cross the abyss back to the human world:
Just from being under emotional stress, he caused Cheshire's entire limbo dimension to begin crumbling from the inside:
He can even manipulate and sever the bonds that hold reality together:
Not even the creator of the Multiverse herself is immune to his powers:
Under her own wishes, he was even able to mercy kill her. In order to do so, he had to take special precautions in order to kill her without destroying the "Core".
The Core is the semi-sentient power that created the multiverse, and the source of Alyss's godhood (it's sort of like the "Heart of the Universe" in Marvel). It has also been described as a "macrocosm" of the dimensional plane, in other-words it IS the multiverse, and destroying it would have likely ended all of existence:
By channeling his destructive power into the air around his body, Oz is able to create a force-field like aura that destroys things on contact:
The forcefield is not passive, and Oz must be able to react to an attack in order to negate it in this way. Despite this however, Oz was still able to react to, and destroy a laser beam shot by the Jabberwocky:
As you can see, Oz is clearly written to be an immensely powerful cosmic entity.
Despite the potency of his powers however; Oz largely operates at high street to low mid-tier level.
Strength and Durability:
One of Oz's main enemies throughout the series are the Soul Reapers. The Soul Reapers each have superhuman physical stats, with even nameless fodder being able to strike hard enough to smash through walls. Echo/Zwei for example (one of the soul reapers) has shown to be capable of casually scooting out of the way of a bullet (from a sitting position), and tanking a hit from a chain strong enough to shatter a stone bridge:
Oz however, is shown to be significantly stronger and faster than them, and more than capable of manhandling Echo/Zwei:
He is even strong enough to simultaneously swat aside both the Jabberwocky and Glenn Baskerville (The most powerful of the Soul Reapers):
Oz also performed the above feat, mere moments after getting repeatedly slashed by the Glen with a sword:
Considering the massive speed and strength exhibited by the Soul Reapers, the fact that Oz only received shallow wounds is quite impressive.
Furthermore, even when not channeling his destructive power, the TK on Oz's chains are strong enough to rip through stone:
Speed and Skill:
In the following scans, Oz takes on a chain known as a "Humpty Dumpty". These monsters have tongues that move fast enough to deflect bullets and decapitate people. To Oz however, the tongues are practically at a stand-still as he has shown to be fully capable of blitzing one despite not moving until right before the tongue connects with his neck:
In a short burst of movement, he is fast enough to cause a gust of wind forcing those around him to cover their faces:
B Rabbit can fire up to 8 chains at a time, then fire another set of 8 directly after:
Skill wise, has been shown to make good use of his chains to perform a number of acrobatic maneuvers.
Again. When the above feats were performed, .
Like all chains, Oz's true form has an ethereal being capable of materializing a physical form:
It has been directly stated that Chains cannot be killed by ordinary physical damage, otherwise they will simply reform themselves:
Though Oz has not been hit by any major attacks, we get a decent idea of Oz's regenerative speeds by looking at the above character; as Cheshire is one of the few beings considered to be on Oz's level.
In an anime only scene, Alice was able to hold back the Griffin, while using the Rabbit form:
She also ended up channeling Oz's power blowing it away along with a large city block:
Oz has shown to have fairly solid psychic abilities, even before his powers as the B Rabbit returned to him.
Oz originated as a pair of stuffed rabbits, which shared a single consciousness. He was able to actively observe through both bodies at the same time, despite one being in the human world, and the other being in very heart of the abyss.
In the beginning part of the story, Oz was able to pick up residual "memories" from a pocket watch he found.
In this scene, Oz and Alice sense the presence of a mind-controller activating her abilities:
Alice herself (who had some of Oz's powers at the time) was also able to sense Oz's contact with the pocket watch, despite being in an entirely different dimension. One that doesn't even exist in the same time-flow:
With enough concentration, Oz was able to pinpoint Alice's exact location:
Oz's most impressive sensing feat however, is when he was able to sense a hidden pocket dimension created by the "Jurors".
The Juror's are essentially outer gods, likely inspired by HP Lovecraft's "Court of Azathoth". Each is assigned to a single outer world, and are given complete control over that dimension. They are powerful reality warpers who can literally rewrite time as easily as an Author would edit a novel:
Oz is one of the few beings capable of resisting their power. Others would be the "Children of Ill Omen", humans who have been imbued with the Core's power. Throughout the story Oz has shown to share many attributes with the children (including their signature red eyes), as well as a powerful psychic/spiritual connection with them.
The abyss itself is an extremely unstable place. The temporal energies that permeate it are absolutely volatile to those who don't have resistances to it's effects. Normal humans exposed to energy from the abyss often go insane. Their souls become corrupted, and their bodies begin mutating into monsters.
As a chain, Oz has a natural resistance to it's effects. It's also worth mentioning that the world of Pandora Hearts, there seems to be a strong connection between the abyss and dreams. The mental state of those who enter the abyss can have drastic effects on what they see in there.
Furthermore, all humans who have made contracts with abyssal entities seem to have their own dream worlds in which are able to mentally enter and communicate with their chains, and said chains are able to manipulate said world.
Here Oz shows he can utilize his powers while in his internal dream world:
While chains are compelled to follow commands of their contractors, they all have some ability to influence the mental state of those they are contracted with. If the will power of the human contractor is compromised in some way, the Chain can exert complete control over the body ().
In the following scans, Oz while not using his powers gets caught in an illusion. His powers ended up manifesting on instinct, and he shattered the illusion itself:
He has also been shown to completely no-sell Zwei's mind-control abilities. It's also worth mentioning that Zwei's marionette ability is a simultaneous telekinetic and telepathic attack. The idea behind it is that those who can resist it's mental effects will still be controlled physically, and those strong enough to break out of the physical control will still have their minds taken over.
Oz was able to no-sell both aspects of the attack:
Using his destructive abilities, Oz is also able to selectively delete the memories of other people. One character had his mind and soul damaged so badly that he started aging backwards; just by being telepathically connected when B Rabbit's power had a mental/spiritual clash with a multiversal entity:
As stated earlier... Simply being under emotional stress was enough to cause Cheshire's entire dimension, which is created from dreams/memories, to begin collapsing from the inside out.
While Alice was able to take over his body and use his powers prior to the events of the story, that was only because he allowed her to do so. In fact he had specifically asked for her help. Once he had his memories back, and was ready to reclaim his powers, he was able to push her out of his body without trouble:
Throughout the story, there have been a number of attempts to combat Oz with magic designed to negate, seal, or repel Oz.
The first instance of it, was in the case of the Raven. The Raven is one of the 5 gatekeepers that protect the world from the Abyss. Though the seal appeared to work at first, once Oz started getting his memories back, he was able to overpower the seal whenever he wants:
Later in the story, he encounters a witch. The witch's mansion was enchanted with a spell meant to counter entities from the abyss:
In the case of Oz however, it merely gave him a headache:
While not using his powers, Oz steps on a trap circle. While initially effected, as soon as he activated his powers he was able to ignore it:
Anti-Precognition and Omniscience:
Oz appears to have many attributes similar to the "Children of Ill Omen". The Children of Ill Omen are considered to be foreign to the story, and as such hold the ability to defy fate.
While this may initially sound like a rather common plot power, it manifests itself in making them very hard to track; even for powerful cosmic entities:
Oz himself was able to play a surprise visit to God herself:
One Shot Powers:
In Oz's earliest incarnation, he displayed a couple powers that did not make it into the main series.
Oz displayed the ability to selectively manipulate the time of various objects. First he freezes a bullet in place with the snap of his fingers:
A few pages later, he refers to himself as the "abyss who governs time", right before time reversing a bullet shot earlier so that it went through someone's chest:
He also displays the power to phase his hand through someone's chest in order to forcefully remove an abyssal entity:
It's also worth noting that the possessed priest in the above scene survived the incident.
Equus is a summonable mount that hides in Oz's shadow:
Though Oz makes use of Equus on a consistent basis, it technically belongs to Sharon; who acts as mission control rather than active party member.
As Sharon spends most of her time at Pandora's headquarters (an organization that investigates the supernatural), she tends to leave Equus in Oz's shadow allowing them to communicate long distance. Though not quite standard equipment, he has easy enough access to it that it can be used with prep.
In combat it has it's own arsenal of abilities:
Equus has the power to travel vast distances through darkness. Here he uses Equus to teleport from the city back to headquarters; to escape an ambush along with the rest of the main trio:
Equus is also able to travel through dimensions. In this scene, Equus takes Oz and Gilbert from the human world to Cheshire Cat's limbo dimension:
The above ability also has combat applications as Equus has been shown to be capable of dropping people into their shadows, sending them to parts unknown:
Equus is able to manipulate black flames to protect it's user. These are not ordinary flames as they are able to kill abyssal entities who are otherwise physically immortal:
When fully formed, Equus can move at immense speeds:
When Oz deals too much damage to the fabric of space, it allows other entities from the abyss to force their way through:
While not particularly well explored, chains seem to have the ability to teleport via a ball of light. Oz himself has only done this twice, most notably when he used the ability to intercept a tentacle attack from the Core of the Abyss:
Oz has the unexplained ability to mind-screw people simply by whispering into their ears:
The Ultimate Feat: