Pip the Troll (Marvel)
Real Name: Pip Gofern
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Pip became mutated into a stunted, satyr-like form during a bout of drunkenness brought on by a mutagenic hallucinogen. After his transformation, his people, also sick of his lewd behaviour, strip him of his office and rank. He stows away on a spaceship and continues his life of debauchery. Pip began his habit of dressing in a pair of maroon, ripped pants and nothing else.
Missionaries from the Universal Church of Truth visit Pip's home planet and discover the trolls are resistant to the church's conversion process. All trolls are ordered killed. Pip himself is caught after making trouble on dozens of planets, many controlled by the church. He ends up on a ship full of men and women who were to be executed. There he meets Adam Warlock, whose alternate future self the Magus would become the leader of the Church of Truth. Pip teamed up with Warlock to escape and go on adventures. Eventually the threat of the Magus was neutralized and Pip parted company with Adam on the world of Sirius X.
After getting into much more trouble, Pip decided to look for Adam again. Pip explored one of Thanos' old hideouts and discovered not Adam, but Thanos himself. He killed Pip, but Adam was able to absorb his soul into the Soul Gem, where he resided for some time.
Pip, along with the green-skinned Gamora, returns to life during the Infinity Gauntlet incident by taking over bodies of three crash victims. Pip and Gamora were both shown to have significantly increased physical strength in their new bodies (Infinity Watch #1). Afterwards, Pip was given the Space Gem, keeping it between his toes for safekeeping. The gem gave him the ability to teleport to places he knows of. This he often used for his own ends, stealing the Fantastic Car and other objects. When forced into battle, he tends to appear directly above his adversary's head, intending to deliver a powerful blow. He has since lost the Space Gem, but his long-term exposure to it has given him the innate ability to teleport.
Pip and his friends end up setting shop on Monster Island. Pip takes to much as usual and abusing the hospitality of Mole Man. In a dispute over the sovereignty of the island, forces of the United Nations invade. Pip and the others hang back as Gamora cleans house, killing no one. The group makes bets on the fight.
Around this time, the events known as the Infinity War happen. When Warlock had control of the Infinity Gauntlet, he had forced out the good and evil sides of himself. The evil side returns as Warlock's long-term adversary, the Magus. Pip is drawn into the fight when Thanos recruits the Watch. As most of Earth's heros do not trust Thanos, Pip and his friends were forced to battle them as well. Eventually both sides work together to take down the Magus.
Pip became deeply in the Infinity Crusade. He manages to be a capable 'leader' of the remnants of the Infinity Watch when various events took most of them away. Moondragon, for example, is brainwashed and taken by the Goddess, the 'good' side of Adam Warlock. She is using a Cosmic Egg, the merging of several cosmic cubes, to implement her plans, which involve brainwashing dozens of superheros. Left on Monster Island with Maxam and Drax the Destroyer, the three argue over who should lead. Pip decides to go outside the group for help and kidnaps Mister Fantastic. The leader of the Fantastic Four soon realizes what is going on and pitches in to help. This, and the kidnapping of other superheros, brings everyone together, Pip included, at Avenger's Mansion. actually spurs on the heroic efforts of the rest of the super-powered community. Pip is spurred to create a new, 'super-heroic' costume, but he fails to wash himself while changing. His body odor is so offensive the Hulk forcibly bathes him.
Professor Xaiver proceeds to make telepathic contact with one of the Goddess' thralls, Pip's former ally, Moondragon. Pip secretly touches Xaiver and his powers make contact through the link, allowing him to know the location of the Goddess because Moondragon knows it.
Pip teleports to it, in the center of the Goddess' planet, a new form of Counter-Earth. By touching the Cosmic Egg, Pip gains access to its near-infinite powers. He turns the Goddess into salt. He manifests a throne and sits upon it, musing as to what to do wiht his newfound powers. One of his goals is, of course, to gain revenge on the Hulk for forcibly bathing him. Before he can implement any of his plans, he is subdued by the brainwashed guardian of the Egg, the female New Warriors member Silhouette. She had been hiding in a nearby container, for just this sort of situation.
Although Pip has been seen rarely since the Infinity Watch disbanded, he appears in Marvel: The End and She-Hulk.
First Appearance: Strange Tales (1951) #179
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
Beavis and Butt-Head (1994)
Beavis und Butt-Head (1994)
Cosmic Powers Unlimited (1995)
Doctor Strange (1974)
#27 Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
- 'I... The In-Betweener!'
#32 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'Silver-Tongued Devil'#33
- 'The Alexandria Quatrain'#34
- 'Is There a Doctor NOT in the House?'#35
- 'To Hela and Back'#36
- 'Footnote to Infinity'
#369 Infinity Abyss (2002)
- 'With Malice Toward All!'
#1 Infinity Crusade (1993)
- 'A Mad Calling!'#2
- 'Paranoids and Nihilists'#3
- 'Memory Disorders'#4
- 'Errors in Judgment'#6
- 'Rewards & Punishment'
#1 Infinity Gauntlet (1991)
- 'The Damned'#5
- 'Holy War!'#6
#1 Infinity War (1992)
- 'From Bad to Worse'#3
- 'Preparations for War'#6
- 'The Final Confrontation'
#1 Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'Chthonic Maneuvers'#2
- 'Ethereal Revisionism'#3
- 'Nefarious Rhapsodies'#4
- 'Mortiferous Artifice'#5
- 'The Animus Engagement'
#112 Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
- 'Push My Buttons/Demogoblin's Lament/Showdown/Picnic'
#1 Marvel Swimsuit Special (1992)
- 'The Death of Captain Marvel'
#3 Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
- 'Come to the Moon and View Heavenly Bodies Guaranteed to Send You into Orbit!'
Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
#5 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'The Cure'
#38 Rune/Silver Surfer (1995)
- 'Whose War Is this Anyway?'#54
- 'Starblast Pt. 2: Search Party'
#7 She-Hulk (2005)
- 'Universal Laws: Part 1: Space Cases'#8
- 'Universal Laws: Part 2: Engagement Ring'#9
- 'Strong Enough'#11
- 'Imbalance of Power'
#12 Silver Sable and the Wild Pack (1992)
- 'Remember The Titans'#13
- 'Mind Field'
Silver Surfer (1987)
Annual 05 Silver Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection (1993)
- 'The Return of the Defenders Part 3'#46
- '... The Soul World'#47
- 'Adam Warlock Protector of the Soulworld!'#48
- 'Confronting One's Maker'#52
- 'The Hero in Absence'#86
- 'Friends & Foes'#87
- 'Strange Affairs'#88
- 'Common Enemy'
#1 Starblast (1994)
- 'The Pact (Part 1)'#2
- 'Death's Favor (Part 2)'#3
- 'Welcome To Hades (Part 3)'#4
- 'End Game (Part 4)'
#1 Strange Tales (1951)
- 'Once In A Blue Moon'
#179 Thanos (2003)
- 'Death Ship!'#180
- 'The Judgment! / The Trial of Adam Warlock'#181
- '1000 Clowns!'
#1 Thanos Annual (2014)
Thanos Vs. Hulk (2014)
#1 Thanos: The Infinity Relativity (2015)
- 'Part One Of Four'#2
- 'Part Two of Four: Duelality'#3
- 'Part Three of Four: Transhulkrification'#4
- 'Part Four of Four: Annihihulk!'
OGN HC The Avengers (1963)
- 'Thanos: The Infinity Relativity'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Mighty World of Marvel (2003)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#82 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'Attack of the Punisher!'
#14 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Book of the Dead and Inactive 2 : Marvel Boy to Zuras'
#19 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Book of the Dead (Nuke to Obadiah Stane)'
#469 Warlock (1972)
- 'Absolute Power'#470
- 'Fathers and Sons'
#9 Warlock (1998)
- 'The Infinity Effect'#10
- 'How Strange My Destiny! Part 1: The Rice! / Who is Thanos? / Enter the Redemption Principle!'#11
- 'How Strange My Destiny! Part 2: Escape Into the Inner Prison! / The Strange Death of Adam Warlock!'#12
- 'A Trollish Tale!'#15
- 'Just a Series of Events'
#1#2 Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992)
- 'Countdown to Destruction'#4
#1 Warlock Chronicles (1993)
- 'Gathering the Watch'#3
- 'High Evolutionary'#5
- 'Old Foes'#6
- 'Revenge of the Beast'#7
- 'The Island!'#8
- 'The Appeal'#12
- 'Distant Memories'#14
- 'Strange Encounters'#15
- 'Power Play'#19
- 'True Believers'#20
- 'Pip, King of the Universe'#23
- 'Raid on Asgard'#26
- 'Unlocking the Past'#27
- 'Warlock Must Die'#28
- 'Chaos at the U.N.!'#29
- 'The Dilemma'#31
- 'Heart and Soul'#33
- 'Carnival of Souls'#34
- 'Power's Pain'#35
- 'Citizen Tyrannus'#36
- 'The Dark of Truth'#37
- 'Domitian over All'#40
- 'Things Fall Apart'#41
- 'The Past is Waiting'#42
- 'Win, Lose, Draw!'
#6 X-Factor (1986)
- 'After Math'#7
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