- “One down, five to go.”
- ―His status after keeping the Aether
Taneleer Tivan aka The Collector is an alien and an obsessive keeper of the largest collection of interstellar fauna, relics and species in the galaxy. The Collector operates out of a place in space aptly named Knowhere.
The Collector was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Thor: The Dark World
After they leave, however, it becomes evident that he had ulterior motives for accepting the Aether, planning to use it and find five other objects, presumably including the Tesseract.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Having got the Aether, Tivan hired Gamora, the adoptive daughter of Thanos to get the Orb for him. However, Tivan also hired the Broker, preventing a possible failure of Gamora. Gamora kept her promise and brought the gem just as she promised. Arriving at the Museum, Gamora and her partners were welcomed by Tivan's assistant, Carina who guided them with her master. Tivan was fascinated when he saw Groot. He then asked Groot if he could dispose of his body at the moment of his death (This conversation was not completed because they were interrupted by Rocket).
Tivan told the story of the Infinity Stones and as ancient beings used them to destroy entire civilizations like wheat in a field. A tired Rocket asked him to stop and pay them at once, Tivan was preparing the pay when he saw that Carina was approaching to the gem. He asked her to get away, she instead decided to touch the stone in a desesperate attempt to free the Collector but the power of the Orb is too big and Carina dies. Tivan was seriously injured after the explosion. In a post-credits scene shows Tivan having survived the explosion and drink with Howard the Duck.
Marvel Animated Universe
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
- In Disney INFINITY, The Hoarder from the The Incredibles Playset is inspired by The Collector.
- Cosmo from the Guardians of the Galaxy comic is a part of the Collector's collection.