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Quote1 I am--The Monitor! And I have summoned you here because your universes are about to die! Quote2
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The Monitor was a cold and distant cosmic entity with a drive to preserve all life and matter in the multiverse. During an interdimensional crisis caused by his antimatter counterpart, the Anti-Monitor, he used his power and technology to gather superheroes from various realities to defend all of existence, resulting in the creation of New Earth.


When the scientist Krona witnessed the dawn of the universe, it was split into a positive matter multiverse and a single antimatter universe. At the dawn of the multiverse in the universe known as Earth-One, the powerful being known as the Monitor spawned on the lifeless moon of Oa as a result of the cosmic imbalance caused by Krona's experiment. He spent many years in silent meditation, learning the secrets of the universe.

Eventually he sensed his counterpart in the antimatter universe, the malicious Anti-Monitor, and the two engaged in a billion-year long combat, each trying to destroy the other from their respective universe. Finally, the battle ended in a draw, with each being knocked unconscious and immobilized by the other's energy, and they remained where they had been struck down for nine billion years.[1]

Crisis on Infinite Earths

 Main article: Crisis on Infinite Earths

When Pariah inadvertently freed the Anti-Monitor, the Monitor was awakened as well. He planned to protect the Multiverse. He observed Pariah trapped within his netherversal chamber.

Building a ship, the Monitor scoured the Earths for heroes he would need for his ultimate confrontation with the Anti-Monitor. He raised Harbinger from a child to serve as his assistant. Together, they gathered data on the Multiverse.

As Anti-Matter swept across the Multiverse, the Monitor grew weaker as each positive matter universe was destroyed.

The Monitor was killed by an Anti-Monitor controlled Harbinger. Monitor's essence, freed in his death, was responsible for creating a protection over Earth-One and Two, part of his plan to save the remaining universes.


It is important to note that Monitor and Anti-Monitor were equal in power at the beginning (they clashed by one million years before a simultaneous attack put the two enemies into a comatose state). It's possible that Monitor has all of Anti-Monitor's abilities, but he doesn't use these due to his principles or weakened state at the end of his life.

  • Monitor Physiology: As a Monitor, the Monitor possesses nigh-infinite power and drew his power from the Multiverse and he is tied to all positive matter. He was described as one of the most powerful beings in the Multiverse.
    • Cosmic Awareness: He was able to sense his counterpart's existence in the Anti-Matter Universe and fight with him from Oa's moon on equal footing for one million years using energy powers (though the feedback of a simultaneous attack placed him in suspended animation for eons).
    • Energy Construct Creation: He was able to save Pariah (and possibly empower him to never die and be always drawn to where the Anti-Monitor was about to strike next) . As a Monitor he can, as told by Metron, "create with a thought".
    • Immortality: Eons old.
    • Enhanced Senses: Both Monitor and Anti-Monitor had a vague sense about the actions of each other.
    • Superhuman Stamina: He fought Anti-Monitor for one million years.


  • Genius Level Intellect
    • Gadgetry: He created his satellite, the vibrational forks that held separate universes, and a lot of gadgets which he sold to villains through the time and space.
    • Science
  • Meditation: The Monitor spent the first part of his life in silent meditation.[1]


  • Power Loss: The Monitor's level of power depends on the number of positive matter universes. If the number reduces, his powers will also reduce, and he would feel great pain.


  • This version of the Monitor, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths event and later restored following the rebirth of the infinite Multiverse during the Dark Crisis of 2022-2023. Even though other versions of the character may have appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.