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Telekinesis

Telekinesis is the psionic ability to move or manipulate physical matter without physically touching it, especially over long distances.

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Telepathy

Telepathy is the psionic ability to send or receive thoughts directly into or from other minds. People with this ability can also usually control minds. A person with this ability is called a telepath.

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Teleportation

The ability via psionic or artificial means to transport oneself or other people or objects from one point in space to another without having physically traveled the distance between. A person with this ability is usually called a teleporter.
(See Also: Nightcrawler, Sidewinder or Vanisher)
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Terrigen Mist

A mutagenic, or mutation-causing, substance discovered by the Inhuman scientist Randac. It is potent enough to cause any living organism to mutate from exposure to it, although the Inhumans zealously restrict its use to Inhumans only.

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Thermokinesis

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Thermokinesis is the ability to manipulate heat, encompasing the ability to freeze things or heat things up.

Examples

(See Also: Cryokinesis, Pyrokinesis)
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Third Host

The Third Host (or Third Horde)[1] is the third of four test of a given race that has been altered by the enigmatic Celestials.[2]

During the Third Host the Celestials prevent interference by outside influences on the growing civilizations on their experimental worlds.[2]

In the case of Earth, the Celestials confronted the various pantheons of gods, such as the Asgardians, Olympians, and others to not interfere in the lives of their creations or risk having the dimensional connections to their worshippers removed.[2]

(See Also: First Host, Second Host, Fourth Host)
  1. Eternals Vol 3 #1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Thor Annual #7

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Thuggee

Thuggee is the term for a particular format for the murder and robbery of travelers in India. As travelers at the time would be part of a caravan, the term Thuggee referred to the killing of a large number of people in a single operation. The modern word "thug" derives from this term. Thugee cultists have been known to operate in the Benares district in Uttar Pradesh, India. Thuggee cults often serve the Hindu death goddess Kali.

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Time Line

Also called reality line. The events of a particular reality that define its history.

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Time

The multiverse-wide phenomenon that keeps all reality from happening at once.

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Timestream

The multiverse-wide phenomenon that keeps all reality flowing in the same direction, toward entropy. The timestream is not a literal place.

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TNT

Trinitrotoluene, an explosive. The power of high-yield explosives, such as nuclear bombs, is traditionally measured by the megaton, the equivalent of one million tons of TNT.

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Topical Reference

Due to the nature of the Sliding Timescale in the Marvel Universe, there are numerous references to current events, public figures, and technological advances that given the time of their publications should be considered topical references instead of canonical/historical references. The "Modern Age" of Earth-616 is roughly about 14-15 years old as of the year 2015, however the publication of this era has spanned sixty years. As such certain references greatly age the cast of characters if taken literally.

Examples

Historical Events

For example, Fantastic Four #98 depicts a story wherein the Fantastic Four assist the first American lunar landing on the Moon, which happened on July 21, 1969. This would be considered a topical reference. References to this story in Marvel's various Official Handbooks usually no longer specify that this is the Apollo 1 mission, just a "NASA mission to the moon". Whereas, the story in Marvel: The Lost Generation #6 that features the First Line saving the Apollo mission from the Skrulls would be considered canonical in the Marvel Universe as it took place in the year 1969 of Earth-616.

In the year 2001 the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center was featured heavily in Marvel Publications at the time and was the center of a story in Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #36. While this story was topical when the comic was originally published in 2001, the Sliding Timescale has since moved forward making the destruction of the original twin towers a topical reference in the context of that story. As of 2015, the sliding timescale dictates that all appearances of the Twin Towers at the WTC site are now topical as the "Marvel Time" dictates the modern age has lasted 14 years.

Real People

Another example is the Human Torch and The Thing's encounter with the Beatles in Strange Tales #130. The story was originally published in 1965 during the height of the Beatles popularity. This would be considered a topical reference as the Torch and Thing are considered modern age characters.

One of the most common topical reference made in the Earth-616 universe are appearances by the President of the United States. In many stories a president is usually depicted as having their face obscured, or back turned, and are not referenced by name. However, in many other publications the president is fully depicted, and named. For example, appearances of Richard Nixon in Incredible Hulk #119, Gerald Ford in Incredible Hulk #185 and even Barack Obama in Amazing Spider-Man #583 should be considered topical as they all appeared in stories that took place in the "Modern era". Alternatively, stories featuring Franklin Delano Roosevelt that take place during during his presidency should be considered historical to Earth-616 as it took place around World War II and the stories that feature him are considered part of Earth-616's wartime history. The various presidents that were featured in the series Marvel: The Lost Generation Vol 1 would also be considered to be historical appearances. Publications have existed long enough where some appearances of US presidents are considered topical, or in continuity depending on when they were published and the time the story was framed. For example, John F. Kennedy appeared in Fantastic Four #17, in a story that is set in the modern age. Based on that point of reference, Kennedy's appearance as the current President should be considered topical. Whereas his appearances in Captain America Vol 5 #50, Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #1 and others take place during times when Kennedy was alive and actively involved in US politics.

Exemptions

The only individuals that are exempt from becoming topical references are Marvel Comics creators who make appearances in various stories. For example Marvel Comics forefathers Stan Lee and Jack Kirby both make an appearance in Fantastic Four #10. The pair have made regular appearances in Marvel publications over the years. All current editions of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe identify them by name when recounting their interactions with characters in the Marvel Universe. As such one should always consider appearances of Marvel creators like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Chris Claremont, and John Byrne to be considered factual as opposed to topical. Their Earth-616 counterparts all make their appearances in their prime, and age according to the Sliding Timescale.
(See Also: Sliding Timescale)
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Trade paperback

A trade paperback (TPB or simply trade) specifically refers to a collection of stories originally published in comic books reprinted in book format, usually capturing one story arc from a single title or a series of stories with a connected story arc or common theme from one or more titles. Traditionally, a trade paperback will reproduce the stories at the same size as they were originally presented in comic book format; recently, however, certain trades have been published in a smaller, "digest"-sized format, similar in size to a paperback novel. This smaller size is intended to appeal to newer generations of American readers whose first exposure to a comic book format was the English-translated reprints of digest-sized Japanese comics, also known as manga. The term graphic novel is sometimes used interchangeably, but many people maintain that the terms are distinct.


(See Also: Graphic novel, Comic book)
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Transformation

To change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose. Look at Puma for example.

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Triploid

A triploid is a being with three sets of chromosomes, in opposition with the diploids, beings with two sets of chromosomes.[1]

Humans

Earth-616

Functional triploids do not occur naturally among humans.[1]

They are sometimes confused with Mutants. An investigation by the X-Men and San Francisco PD tentatively identified a floating pyrokinetic corpse as a mutant crime. [1] Further investigation noted the genetic differences between the Triploid victim and a mutant. It was eventually confirmed the Triploid was a bio-engineering attempt by Forge to recreate the X-gene on an artificially constructed chromosome strand, which was then applied to a non-mutant human to achieve mutant-like abilities.[2]

Earth-93060

Triploids developed artificially on the extra-solar habitat the Godwheel, and the technology necessary to produce more triploids came to Earth through a Breach. Dr. Vincent Gross, working with the U.S. Army, posed as a gynecologist and fertility specialist, injecting numerous women with Godwheel genetic material to make them triploids and potential Ultrahuman subjects. The most prominent success story of Gross's work was the Ultra named Prime.

Gross's triploids had a third dormant strand of chromosomes. When the strand was "activated", it triggered the production of enormous amounts of protoplasmic bio-mass. This "goo" then shaped and solidified around the subject as an exo-body sculpted by their subconscious desires.

Martians

Earth-691 "Martians" (who are not from Mars) are triploids.[3]

(See Also: The referenced known Triploids)
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #25
  2. Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #31
  3. Marvel Fact Files #14

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Troll

A certain humanoid being native to Asgard.

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Tsunami

Tsunami was a failed imprint of Marvel Comics founded in January 2003. Marvel's goal was to create comic books that would appeal to manga readers. Other than in the art, the titles shared little in common, with, for example, Runaways and Sentinels being aimed at children and younger teenagers and Mystique touching on espionage and darker themes better suited for an older audience.

The results were a mixed bag. While New Mutants, Mystique, Runaways and Sentinel earned critical acclaim and a devoted fan following, Human Torch, Namor and Venom were complete flops, with the last surviving to issue 18 only on the back of exceptionally high initial sales. Many comic book fans regarded the entire imprint as a cheap attempt by Marvel Comics to capitalize on the growing popularity of Japanese manga. (though the Marvel Mangaverse was a much more blatant attempt at this)

The imprint was discontinued in late 2003. Mystique was the longest continuously-running survivor - lasting until issue 24 overall, although it was folded into the regular, mainstream Marvel Comics imprint and had a change of writer as part of the X-Men: ReLoad event after issue 13, while New Mutants, also part of ReLoad, was relaunched from issue 1 as New X-Men: Academy X at the same time. Venom and Runaways carried the imprint branding for the longest period, lasting until issue 18, after which Runaways was briefly cancelled before being relaunched as part of the Marvel Next initiative, while Venom was cancelled outright. The other series were cancelled with issue 12.

Since then, Runaways has received a boost from high Digest-sized trade paperback (TPB) sales, which was one of the reasons for its relaunch, while Sentinel was also revived, as a five-issue miniseries, for the same reason. However, Human Torch also received a single digest without signs of revival.

New Mutants received a single standard-size TPB, of its first six issues, as well as complete collections in the same format of its successor series, New X-Men: Academy X, which was revamped shortly after House of M as simply New X-Men. Mystique and Venom were fully collected as standard-size TPBs, but shows no sign of being revived.

Namor has not been collected, nor are there any reports of it being so in the remainder of 2006.

Titles

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