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Villain Overview

There will be no time for regrets! You will all be crushed under the heel of the Viltrum Empire!
~ Omni-Man.
This planet has... changed me. And there's no going back from that, son. Without you... I don't know what it would have taken... what I would have done... to make me realize that.
~ Nolan to his son, Mark Grayson/Invincible.

Omni-Man (real name Nolan), also known by his adopted name, Nolan Grayson, is one of the main antagonists of the Image Comics Universe. Omni-Man is the father of Invincible and a member of Viltrumite race, a humanoid species of extraterrestrial origin who possess superhuman strength, super speed, virtual immortality, and flight. As is customary for male Viltrumites, Omni-Man sports a large mustache.

He was tasked with conquering planets to spread the Vitrumite race, and arrived on Earth to infiltrate their society to weaken a chance for them to defend themselves. Becoming a writer and superhero "Omni-Man", Nolan would have a son named Mark Grayson to a human, who would become a superhero under the moniker "Invincible". Omni-Man would eventually reveal his plans and battled his son after killing all of the Guardians member, but would leave the planet due to his love for his son. Nolan would redeem himself and become the emperor of Viltrum after his true heritage was revealed.

In the animated adaptation, he is voiced by J.K. Simmons, who also played Vernon Schillinger in Oz, J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Terence Fletcher in Whiplash, and also voiced Skip in Aliens in the Attic, Cave Johnson in Portal 2, and Kai in DreamWork's Kung Fu Panda 3.

Biography

Early Life

Nolan was born on the planet Viltrum to Argall and an unnamed woman, and his heritage was hidden due to his father being killed by Thaedus. The Viltrumites would create a strong empire under Thragg, wanting to conquer planets and spread their influence across the galaxy. Reaching the appropriate age, Nolan decided to help the Viltrumites conquer planets, becoming a capable warrior that he would command his own unit. When Viltrum suffered from a virus, the empire decided to use their lifespans to infiltrate planets and societies to weaken their defense so they could counter-attack the Viltrumites.

Infiltrating Earth

Nolan took on the mission to infiltrate the planet Earth, and started his mission by befriending Cecil Stedman to learn about human culture. Taking on the surname "Grayson" to appear more human, and Stedman set him up to be "Omni-Man" to be Earth's most powerful superhero. Along his mission, Nolan met and fell in love with a Earth woman named Debbie, whom he later married and had their son, Mark. Nolan would continue to fight against supervillains as "Omni-Man", and became an ally of the Guardians of the Globe, a superhero team. In addition, Nolan would falsely tell Debbie, Cecil, and the costume maker Art Rosebaum why he was on Earth. While raising Mark, Nolan told him that he would receive powers like him, but told him the false stories of why he was on Earth as well.

Invincible

When Mark gained his powers and became a superhero under the moniker "Invincible", Nolan would help his son fight against the Flexans but was abducted by the creatures. He was stuck in their dimension for eight months, with the Flexans neutralizing his powers and keeping him prisoner. Nolan's powers returned, however, and he revolted before escaping the dimension and returning his wife and son. While working on his plans, he had Mark substitute for him to battle Allen the Alien and was kept occupied while his son later went to Upstate University. When his son returned home and overslept due to stopping many threats, Nolan put his plans into motion by going the Guardians of the Globe's headquarters and killing all of them. Afterward, Nolan kept himself out of the spotlight to not become a suspect in Black Samson's investigation, and struggled with telling Mark his true origins.

When battling the Immortal again, Nolan killed him again in front of his son, and revealed his true Viltrumite origins and what his empire tasked him to do. He asked Mark to join him in conquering Earth, but his son refused and the two battled across locations until he was beaten. Though Nolan had Mark at his mercy of killing, Omni-Man instead spared his son and fled the planet, crying while flying into space.

Realizing that he loved his son, Nolan decided to conquer another planet to lesson his crime for deserting the Viltrumite Empire and not going through with their plans. Arriving to Thraxa, Nolan learned that the Thraxans had a short life span and the oldest individual would rule the planet. Nolan became their ruler since he had lived for thousands of years, and sent a Thraxan to collect his son from Earth. While living on Thraxa, Nolan mated with a fellow Thraxan Andressa, and the two had a child named Oliver. The two reunite and reconcile, but Nolan refuses to return to Earth due to his actions and that he must stay on Thraxa. He reveals to Mark that he had a son with a Thraxan, and that the child would be killed by the Viltrumites due to having a genetic flaw of having purple skin.

Nolan and Mark would defend the planet from the Viltrumites, and the former is captured by Lucan and imprisoned alongside Allen the Alien. The two become friends and escape from confinement and the two decide to prepare themselves against the Viltrumites, as the empire is preparing to invade Earth.

Quotes

I know this is a lot to take in at one time, but you're old enough to know the truth. And unfortunately... I'm not done yet. On top of all this... there's more. You see, you're getting older, son... things are going to start to change for you in a few years as you hit puberty. You're going to start to get acne. Your voice will start to crack and eventually change. You'll being to grow hair in strange and new places. You're going to start looking at girls in a whole new light. There's a good chance that you're going to start to develop super powers. Super-Strength, Super-Speed, Flight... the whole bit. All the powers I have... Mark? Do you understand?
~ Nolan to his son, Mark.
The feeling is mutual.
~ Omni-Man killing the Immortal.
Son, stop. Listen to me. Do you have any idea what our life span is? The older we get the slower we age. We can't live among these frail things... your mother is little more than a pet. Viltrumite DNA is so pure and complete that you are nearly full blooded. I could mate with nearly any alien being of comparable evolutionary development and produce a similar offspring. This means you will eventually become as strong as me. You could potentially be stronger... and you will live for thousands of years. Do you understand what this means? Everything you know and love will be gone before you look thirty years old. You do not belong here. Do you really want to watch your world die around you?
~ Omni-Man to Invincible.
They’re not coming because they’re no one to send. I am confident in this because I know how far away the Viltrumites are. My execution was postponed because they are called away—it was only recently that they were able to send back the two agents required by law for an execution. They had no else to spare. The reason is simple…there are less than fifty pure-blooded Viltrumites left alive in the whole universe. That’s the secret…that’s the thing they don’t want anyone to know…that’s why we can beat them.
~ Omni-Man.

Trivia

  • Omni-Man's design, role to the Earth, initial personality and partial backstory are evidently influenced by Superman, though clear differences begin with Omni-Man's true original motive and much of his backstory.
    • The character was originally going to be named "Supra Man", but Image Comics made the writers changed the name due to it being to close the DC character, Superman.

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