The Collective Man (Sun, Chang, Ho, Lin, and Han Tao-Yu) is a fictional character, a Chinese superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. The Collective Man is actually an identity shared by the Tao-Yu brothers, a set of quintuplets. They possess the mutant power to merge into one body, which variously possesses the collective strength of all five men or of all of the people of China. The brothers also share a psychic/spiritual link that allows them to telepathically communicate and teleport to one another.
The character subsequently appears in Marvel Super-Heroes: Contest of Champions #1-3 (June-August 1982), Incredible Hulk #279 (January 1983), Marvel Comics Presents #55 (1990), X-Force Annual #3 (1994), Citizen V and the V Battalion: The Everlasting #1-3 (April-June 2001), X-Men Vol. 2 #159-160 (September-October 2004), X-Men: The 198 Files #1 (January 2006), X-Men Vol. 2 #183 (April 2006), Civil War: X-Men #1 (September 2006), #4 (December 2006), Thunderbolts: International Incident (April 2008)
The Collective Man received an entry in the original Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #2, and in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #2 (2006).
Some time after the contest, the Collective Man fought the Hulk. At some point, the brothers' power decreased so that they only possessed the strength of five men as the Collective Man. Later, when their superiors in the Chinese military prevented them from visiting their dying mother, Mary, the brothers rebelled and fought the god Ho-Ti, who was apparently working with the government. The brothers left the battle one by one to be at their dying mother's side. The Tao-Yu brother Ho remained to fight the god, but Ho-Ti, seeing the battle was sad and pointless, willingly departed. After the brothers discovered how China had mistreated their other mutant citizens, the Collective Man was later seen as a member of the Chinese revolutionary group 3-Peace alongside the Jade Dragon and Nuwa. They teamed with X-Force to fight the Mutant Liberation Front and the nationalistic China Force.
Later, the Collective Man, now restored to full power, was mystically altered by the fallen god Marduk, who sought to use the Tao-Yu brothers' power to steal the life energy of every person in China in order to reclaim his divinity. The process of absorbing this life energy transformed the Collective Man into a dim-witted, raging, grotesque giant. Citizen V (John Watkins III) and his V-Battalion fought the Collective Man, with the Battalion agent Goldfire accidentally dying in the battle. Citizen V punctured the giant's skin, causing him to explode and apparently die. He survived, possibly thanks to the V Battalion's defeat of Marduk, and the brothers returned to their normal form, now gaining the ability to increase size when merged and to generate additional duplicate bodies. The Collective Man later fought the X-Men on behalf of the Chinese government when the mutant heroes attempted to free Shen Xorn from Chinese custody. It was revealed that the brothers retained their power after M-Day. They have since been spotted on the Xavier institute as part of the 198, where they were fighting Bishop and agents of O*N*E during the escape.
While merged into their collective state, the brothers possess the sum total of their combined physical and mental capabilities . The Collective Man is capable of further increasing these traits to vast levels by mentally concentrating on the image of millions of his countrymen. However, he is only able to do so for a brief period of time. He has increased his powers to levels sufficient to physically over power Sasquatch in one on one combat.
Following such a deployment of energy, the Collective Man is rendered unconscious. The length of time in which he remains unconscious depends upon the degree of exertion. If the Collective Man taps into his countrymen's physical and mental energies for too long, it can potentially prove fatal.
The brothers also possess a psi/spiritual link that lets them communicate telepathically and teleport to each other's location. In addition, they have also been shown to be decently skilled martial artists in peak physical condition.