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Aye... This thread is dedicated to one of the most controversial characters in not only the battle forums of Comicvine, but in almost all the comicbook community. In this thread not only I, but all of us will go over the Sentry's abilities, capabilities, feats and most importantly potential. I feel I had to make this thread, especially for the new members to try and figure out where the Sentry and the Void stand in the scale of power level. IMO I think the Sentry at best is a bit above the Silver Surfer, but nowhere near past herald level. Some people think he is above Thanos or Odin level which I disagreed with. But this is what this thread is about for all us Sentry fans to come to an agreement. :)
Anyhow I consider myself to be one of the biggest Sentry fans. Why do I love the Sentry? On the outside he seems like some extremely powerful character, but really on the inside he has a lot of flaws. He's a mentally ill powerhouse of a character with schizophrenia! How interesting is that? His weakness is actually...Well himself. His mentally stability i.e his schizophrenia plays a part in his powers. That's how complex the character is.
But...Due to the character's complexity he has been victim to some unfair critizim, one of my least favorite being that he's a "Superman ripoff". While I do like Superman and respect the history of the character. The Sentry especially when it comes to character is vastly different then Superman. Sure they both have "S", though I don't believe Superman has a trademark on the letter "S" nor being a powerhouse. But that's besides the point, when it comes to characters the two are vastly different. Superman's character is that of being noble, a true hero, near pefect(not that this is a bad thing) and complete control of himself. Sentry's character is that of someone who is well...Has a lot of flaws from being a drug junkie who doesn't really deserve his powers, to a person who is afraid of himself and to a person who has a severe case of schizophrenia.
Then we get to powers which like characters is also vastly different. Superman's power source is the sun. While Sentry's power is connected to his mental state. So yeah...While they may "look the same" they're really are not the same...
Anyways first lets address how the Sentry's powers work...
To understand the Sentry's and Void's powers in a simple way just think of Robert Reynolds as the scale. Bob=host/scale, Sentry=Hero and Void=Balance. Remember people Bob is the scale, his mental stability is the scale! One misconception people have is that they think the Void is more powerful. That is completely not true in the slightest bit, because the Sentry has defeated the Void many times back in his miniseries when the Void manifested himself into a separate being. But lets get back to Bob being the scale; again Sentry's powers are based off Bob's mentally stability. When Bob is completely mentally stable, the Sentry becomes more powerful, gets to use all his powers/abilities and the Void is severely weakened and he can not take control.
But when its the other way around, the Sentry becomes severely weak and the Void takes his chance to take over. We seen this towards Dark Reign and Siege. The Sentry or Void are not more powerful than one another, they are just split personalities of Bob. If Bob is completely stable than Sentry is more powerful...If not than the Void is. When Sentry is completely stable minded he has access to his limitless powers, if he is not stable minded than he can not use most of his powers. The Sentry and Void are also like Yin and Yang where they balance each other out. That's how I describe his powers.
But before we dwell deeper into this topic, lets dwell into the origin of the Sentry. :)
From Sentry #8 vol. 2, the origins according to the Void.
From Dark Avengers #13 the Sentry's/Void' origins going back to the bible days. This one was very interesting to me...
His origins according to his wife and one of the scans she mentions of biblical proportions.
A cool and neat video that addresses his origins. ;)
Okay... Okay... Brace yourselves because what I am about to say may piss off a lot of people and I know A LOT will disagree with what I'm going to say. Most of it is a copy and paste from one of my older threads I made about the Sentry's potential power compared to House of M Wanda. Just note that this is just speculation on my part. Again SPECULATION. I am not trying to wank the Sentry.
Anyhow... We've never seen Sentry's true potential in comics. The closet thing we got to a stable Sentry was his run during his creators Paul Jenkin's Sentry vol. 2 miniseries. But still he did not display much of his true powers. The only real time imo where we saw Sentry display almost all his power was his battle against Photon in the microverse where both were holding back and yet were releasing enough energy to "destroy worlds".
Other than that we really have not seen Sentry at his true potential. We also have the famous Sentry stalemating Galactus with the help of X-Man. I personally stray away from using that statement, because one it was off panel and two we don't even know the context of the fight. Was Galactus at moderate power or was he starving? So me personally I hardly bring up the Sentry stalemating with Galactus.
Anyways lets address his fight with Molecule Man. While I do think Molecule Man is much stronger than Sentry and should cream Sentry, the Sentry still beat him. We can call it PIS or whatever, or maybe there was some context behind it. It didn't seem like the Sentry even killed Molecule Man, but sent him away somewhere else. Sentry even asked Molecule Man to fix what he has done. So it can still be hinted that Molecule Man is still more powerful than Sentry when it comes to Molecule Manipulation, but who knows?
Molecule man is stated to be the most powerful cosmic cube being in existence. And note this was stated after his retcon. The Molecule Man that fought fought Sentry was not depowered since again there is no significant evidence that he was. Bendis never hinted that. Also one should note that Molecule Man had his own version of Beyonder( a cosmic cube capable of creating his own universe pretty similar to 616), Zarathos(powerful demon), Set (an elder god), Mephisto(powerful hellord), and Enchantress. That by itself is kinda impressive.
Anyways the Sentry beat Molecule Man or at least had him on the ropes. Whether its PIS or not is debatable. But... Me myself did not find the fight itself interesting. No... I found something after the fight more interesting. His power on panel being compared to that of House of M Wanda?
Now one would not take such claim seriously, but then you have this.
"...since such an overloard could have easily triggered outbrust to remake the world
And then we have a purely physical fight between Sentry and the Void had potential to destroy all life on Earth.
Now we have had the Sentry being referred to as omnipotent by multiple characters and writers. I know must of you don't give a sh*t about that. And I agree 100%. I mean Odin has been called omnipotent, and he has not down any to suggest he is near that level and neither the Sentry. But still...A character such as the Sentry being referred to as omnipotent. Does that tell us his potential(not him being omnipotent, because of course he's not)? We know that he is very immortal and can come back when ever he pleases. During Siege he wanted Thor to kill him, as shown when Bob was holding the Void back. And again one could argue that we've never seen Sentry at his best, because we've mostly seen an mentally unstable Sentry(besides Paul Jenkins run) and Sentrys powers are obviously based off his mental state.
"When stable he has potential for limitless power....... however if his mental states waves he becomes weaker and easier to defeat. "
^^Again going back to how his powers is connected to his mental state.
But then we have the narration referring to Sentry's powers as "bigger than God and the universe".
I know its just a mere statement, but does it mean? Where does the Sentry's powers actually lie? What is his true limit? That's what I badly want to know...
Now in my opinion the Sentry ironically isn't know for his strength like Superman, Hulk, Hyperion, Gladiator or any other powerhouse, but he does have some good strength feats.
Rips Carnage in half easily.
One of his most well known and brutal showings... Rips Ares who is a God in half.
Excavates a canyon.
With Ms. Marvel's and Wonder Man's assistance Sentry lifts the Helicarrier.
Lifts sinking ship.
Goes to rescue a space shuttle(these things are thousands of tons).
Rips Morgana Le Ray's head off.
Strength/durability...Sentry flies straight through Asgard.
Stop an enraged Ares in his tracks...
Lifts plane with one hand...
Catches a jet...
Breaks Terrax Axe...His Axe which he slices planets in half with.
Just a statement, but the Sentry offers to sink an island...
The Sentry throws She-Hulk all the way to New Jersey.
First scan is him pushing a rather large ship aside, the next one is him lifting a large sinking cruiseship out of water.
So again while I believe he isn't known for his strength, he does have good strength feats that at least put him on par with people like Hulk and Superman.
IMO the Sentry has some of the craziest speed feats. But more importantly throughout his career he has shown to be quite a speed blitzer.
Sentry catches a handgun bullet point blank right after it’s been fired! A good reaction feat.
Hears Osborn calling him from the other side of the world and flies there in short notice. Very impressive speed feat...
Sentry speedblitzes Balder into the ground.
Catches a Skrull high-powered sniper rifle bullet in mid-air shot by the Punisher.
Rescues falling people at super speed.
Sentry is miles and miles away from the Punisher and appears behind him, before the Punisher can even finish his thought.
Everyday speeding with Moon Knight.
He flies to Libya to see if there is any problems and then flies back in seconds!
Flies to the Sun and back in a matter of moments.
Superspeeds the Void to the sun and throws him in it. (Just look at the less panels...). It looks like he could have reached the Sun in a matter of minutes or even seconds...
The Sentry Superspeeds to the Sun in a matter on minutes or seconds to take on the Collector.
The Sentry yet again flies to the sun in a matter of moments.
Props a collapsing tower at super speed. So fast that he appears everywhere. Even Ms Marvel is impressed.
The Sentry is as fast as light or faster.
^^^Here is an interview which touches base on the scan by the writer himself:
CBR: What exactly happens with the Sentry and the Void in this scene?
Scott and Emma knew they couldn't beat the Sentry, so they had to distract the Void and for a split second Emma does just that. She keeps it within herself long enough for Bob Reynolds to snap to, realize what's happening, and flee. All they needed to do was to buy that half-a-second for the Sentry to take off and he flies into space as fast as he can. He realizes the best thing he can do is get off the battlefield. He goes off at the speed of light and the Void rushes after him to reconnect so they can be whole again.
Flies to Saturn in only moments. Possibly was flying at light speed being as the distance between Earth and Saturn is very far.
Some more speed feats. Read the amount of time in how the Sentry operates...
Intercepts Thor by blitzing him.
Intercepts the Hulk by Speed Blitzing him. Sentry was NOT trying to fight the Hulk, but calm him down.
This is yet another amazing speed feat by the Sentry..The X-Men are involved in a fight with the General and Sentry. The General releases multiple missiles, all headed for different targets. Sentry goes after them. Notice how quickly he deactivates the first ones!
Sentry speedblitzes Morgan Le Fay and rips her head off, before she can even react.
Sentry states at two different occasions that he operates in milliseconds... Impressive.
Sentry flies across the city in a matter of seconds.
Yes the Sentry has telepathic abilities and yes he has demonstrated it more than once. I mean his powers are connected to his mental state... But more importantly the Marvel telepathic elites have stated more than once that his telepathic abilities and mind is grand, complex and potentially more powerful than theirs. Also many telepaths have stated that it is extremely difficult to enter inside his mind. So like the general potential of the Sentry, we don't really know the limits of the Sentry's telepathic abilities.
Two of Marvel's brightest Reed and Dr Strange assist the Sentry in building a device that will make everyone forget about him, but more importantly the Void. But the Sentry mind proves to strong, he still remembers, but everyone else on the planet including animals forgets. This in my opinion is a feat on how strong the Sentry's mind is.
They try once again, but still fail. Sentry still remembers.
Now this was actually done by the Sentry himself and not a device. Though the Sentry was under the illusion of the Master Mind. The Sentry once again under his own powers makes not just everyone on Earth forget out him, but also the Inhumans.
^^^And just so we can be extra clear here is an actual quote from the Master Mind from one of the scans, "I'm pretty proud of it too. Not only will he never remember the Sentry, but make it so no one remembers the Sentry. And HE won't even know HE'S it."
The Sentry speaks with Xavier via telepathy.
The Sentry puts his mind in a comic book writer. Very impressive.
Dr. Strange tricks and subdues Sentry by making him believe in a false reality where he’s a mental patient with no powers. But when Bob catches on and throws his own weight around, Strange’s magic can’t hold his mind.
Sentry uses his psychic powers to make Super Adaptoid see the Void. As a result Super Adaptoid gets overwhelmed. Bendis himself states this, so this is not up for debates..
Sentry mentions that he could easily remove events from history books. I mean he has unintentionally made people forget about him before.
Emma Frost and Charles Xavier need to combine their efforts to invade Sentry's mind and even then Emma Frost has only access to the White Room she once built inside of Sentry's mind. Shortly after she is inside the Void attacks her and forces her to stay inside her Diamond Form to avoid being killed by the Void.
Marvel Boy invades Norman Osborn's mind, but is not able to invade Sentry's mind, which he describes as "impenetrable darkness".
Absorbing Man, who has a fraction of Sentry's powers invades Sentry's mind, but only gets access to what the Sentry is letting him see.
It is stated that Sentry's mind is holding his powers together.
Molecule Manipulation, Energy Abilities and Healing
Okay some Sentry fans I have talked with consider Molecule Manipulation to be the root of his powers and I mean everything even as little as him changing into his costume and healing. I don't 100% agree that Molecule Manipulation is the root of his powers but it is a good theory imo. The Sentry prior to Dark Avengers had no Molecule Manipulation, or at least he didn't know he had the power. The introduction of the Sentry having Molecule Manipulation really inflated the argument that we have not really saw his true potential.
Though before Molecule Manipulation he has shown impressive energy manipulation and healing powers.
Whether we call it PIS or not the Sentry was able to defeat Molecule Man using Molecule Manipulation.
Sentry transmutes a piece of rock into a Healing Orb, which later on protects Hulk from the Void.
The Sentry realizes that he has Molecule powers and says, "That's how I do what I do." This actually strengthens the theory that his MM powers is the root to all his powers.
Makes his Watchtower re-materialize atop the Avengers tower after “hiding” it while he was away.
Turns clothes into his Sentry costume. And also turns regular clothespins into Sentry emblems.
Creates a warewolf out of nothing.
Sentry can track people by sensing their aura.
The Sentry uses his energy to calm a raging Hulk.
The energy released by the Sentry during his fight with World War Hulk nearly destroys most of Manhattan.
Absorbing Man states never felt power like Sentry's. This is the guy who absorbed Thor's and Hulk's power. In the next scan the Sentry overloads Absorbing man.
This is probably Sentry's greatest feats. Sentry is fighting Photon and Sentry is emitting energy from everywhere. It says that Sentry's fight with Photon has enough power to destroy worlds! Not only that but both are holding back...
Both the Sentry and Collective in their fight destroy nearby moons.
Recharges Iron Man's armor.
Another one of Sentry's greatest feats. He temporarily contains an escaping Cosmic Cube for Reed Richards. Just shows that the Sentry can potentially absorb a limitless amount of energy.
In the first scan it is stated that the Sentry can draw energy from anywhere. In the next two scans its stated that solar energy makes him stronger.
Sentry can manipulate light to turn invisible.
The Sentry severs off Attuma's head with a light construct.
3 days after the fight with Hulk and the city was still burning, that's what casualling unleashing Sentry power did.
Sentry cures his psychiatrist’s daughter.
The Sentry takes his healing ability one step further and resurrects his dead wife.
Immortality, Regeneration and Nigh Invulnerability
Okay to me the Sentry's immortality makes him seem like a "god". I'm not trying to wank, but its very impressive. Us Sentry fans for the longest have speculated that the Sentry chooses to die or that he can come back to life if he wants. I mean some of his showings seem to hint such a thing; he has died more than once and has came back... And when he dies, where does he go? Some have speculated the white hot room. Anyways Sentry also has crazy regeneration and durability feats... Lets take a look.
Morgana Le Fay kills Sentry via time manip. But then he appears later like nothing happened. Kinda creepy. :P
The Void tells Sentry they can't die.
The Void explains their immortality to Sentry after his mental state dives to suicidal and he tries to kill himself inside the Sun (this became a key point during the final Siege #4 fight).
Sentry gets ripped apart molecule by molecule by Molecule Man and yet he still reforms afterwards. In their fight Molecule Man again kills Sentry by making him explode, but the Sentry still comes back...
Lindy kills Sentry, but he comes back to life shortly
Now this is a very impressive regeneration feat. He states that he regenerated from an Atom over and over again! Crazy...
Sentry regenerates from a full skeleton back to normal during a brief conversation.
He takes a Nuke and survives. He also starts smiling and making jokes about it.
Takes a blast from Spider Women and it does nothing to him...
His durability is very good. He takes Black Bolts whisper and just pulls a face like hes trying to hold himself there, which he does. This proves he's above classic Hulk there, because he was knocked out when BB done it to him but Sentry never moved once.
After the Void gives him a mental breakdown Sentry survives a kamikaze Skrull spaceship explosion at point blank.
Was immune to Rogue’s powers.
cid strong enough to melt through steal has no effect on the Sentry.
The Sentry takes a hit from the Thing like its nothing.
Hulk throws a train at the Sentry and the Sentry is not phased or even moved!
Shrugs off Ultron’s lightning bolts which were torturing Ares.
An amazing Durability feat by Sentry...His Doctor tells Sentry that there is a thermonuclear device implanted in his stomach. Basically, if he tells him a certain word order (the secret to Sentry's origin), the device will blow. Fury activates it, and tells Sentry to get the Doc the hell away from Earth.Sentry picks up the doctor and begins to fly towards the upper atmosphere. But then the thermonuclear bomb goes off , but Sentry is not even affected. Now thats some durability. Though I'll admit some scans are missing...
Sentry flies in and out of the sun with no issues.
Meh... Just some of his other abilities and some statements.
Spiderman claims the Sentry stalemated Galactus.
X-Man in a way confirms it.
Most dangerous man on earth, he could end the existence of life... According to whats said in the scan.
Emma Frost calls Sentry a god.
Sentry effortlessly destroys a doombots and it's complimentary swarm that was making Norman look incompetent.
The Sentry on two occasions has been able to share his powers with others.
Sentry teleports out of a tomb.
Sentry teleports away, after meeting Nate Grey.
Sentry, who is in the Philippines hears Norman Osborn, who is in New York calling him.
Can hear a butterfly sneeze in Africa... :P
Doctor Strange says that the return of the Sentry and the Void could mean the end of the universe... This is speculation, but again we don't know the limit of his powers...
Doctor Strange uses his magic to transmute the entire dimension. Sentry is the one, who has to pay the price for it (I assume with his life force), but he deals with it just fine.
The evil half of Robert Reynolds. Or some people say Robert Reynolds himself. The "balance" of the three. The complete opposite of Sentry. Since he is the evil half the Void represents the dark part of Reynolds. And his powers are slightly different from the Sentry's. While the Sentry's powers represent light, the Void's represent darkness.
Some people misinterpret the Void as being stronger than the Sentry due to some high end showings of the Void especially from Siege. This is false. As I said neither are stronger than the other and like I said Roberts mental state is the power scale. Though like I said the Void has before separated himself into a separate entity. Not only that many heros(and villains) seemed to consider the Void a large threat. Some stating that he can end all life on Earth. But lets take a look...
Hulk says the Void is the only one he fears.
The Void braking almost every bone in the Hulks body.
The Void gives a single mother breast cancer.
The Void restrains the classic Avengers. Which includes Thor.
Void creates a storm and a hurricane, which rotates in the wrong direction.
The Void Vs. Europe’s Superheroes.
The Void Vs. Earth’s Superheroes: The heroes gather.
The Void mind f*&ks the Hulk.
Also attacks Spider-Man's mind.
The Void taking on Dr Strange, Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, InHumans, Namor,Shield Agents,etc... During the fight he shapeshifts into many creatures.
Sentry was unable to fight, subconsciously he sends in The Void to protect his wife. And the Void takes down what looks to be a Super Skrull.
The Void Almost destroys Manhattan.
The Void kills Loki. Even when he had the Norne stones.
The Void one shots the whole Avengers.
In the first volume the Void is dominating most of Earth's heros and even villains.
A recent showing from the Dr Strange series. Shows that the Void is not only a qualified team buster but a confirmed transcendent tier being!Takes on both Sorcerer Supreme Loki(or God of Stories) and God of Magic Dr Strange(basically Hell-Lord beings) and yet neither can do anything to him. Even with power amp Loki states there is nothing neither of them can do.
But lets go over why this is such an impressive feat by the Void. Prior to this fight in Loki: Agent of Asgard #16, Loki warps the entire dimension Asgard including Hela (Hell-lord level being, rival to Mephisto), Odin (while he had Odin-Force, he was somewhat weakened, around Hela's level), Beta Ray Bill, other gods of Asgard and Hela's armies and puts it all into his warp/story bubble.
How can we go on without this guy? This version of Sentry has been making a name for himself in the battle forums ever since his appearance. I consider this Sentry to be the strongest version of the Sentry so far. Others think he's extremely powerful enough to be characters such as Silver Surfer or even Thanos. I don't know about the latter, but Deathseed Sentry really shows us what the Sentry is capable of amped or not amped. But the most unique thing about this character is the fact that there is no Void, since the Void is most likely left in the White Hot Room... So this imo dis-spells the myth that the Void is more powerful than the Sentry.
Here is Rick Remender confirming there is no Void.
The Sentry uses his molecule manipulation or telekinesis to stop Mjolnir and drop it to the ground.
Now this imo completely debunks the myth that Molecule Manipulation is exclusive to the Void. Here we see Deathseed Sentry using his MM powers to create sand golems to attack the Wasp.
Sentry overpowers Thor and punches him through multiple buildings, while the impact already is felt on the entire planet!
In order to stop Exitar's descend Rogue is forced to absorb the powers of many Avengers and X-Men. She ends up having the powers of over 100 heroes and still fails to stop Exitar.
Sentry then arrives on the scene and helps Rogue by lifting the other foot of Exitar-
Later on Sentry flies Exitar's dead body into space at high speed.
Sentry covers hundreds of miles before Wolverine can even warn the Avengers and then proceeds to grab Thor and fly away with him at a velocity, which totally overwhelms Thor, because he can't handle the speed... And Thor is someone, who already covered lightyears in a matter of moments, which means that the Sentry is even much faster.
A creepy feat by DSS. He rips his face open and strikes down Thor with what appears to be heat vision.
Another creepy and disturbing feat by DSS. He literally rips apart his head and overpowers the Wasp with his telepathic abilities which seemed to increase imo. His head latter regenerates...
The Sentry states that can feel Exitars energy in the White Hot Room which is another dimension. Impressive imo.
Sentry telepathically talks to Thor.