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It was Marvel, 99% sure of that. And I'm also 99% certain that, given this, the character in question was a mutant. It was a one-off appearance, although the character might have been reused later, in a retooled form of not. I'm not following current comics, so I can't say if he's currently in Krakoa or not. Is he?

Basically, he can summon like 0.01% of the vital energy of every person who is sufficiently similar, genetically, to himself, for a few minutes. Meaning, all the Chinese. Meaning, he becomes 100,000x as strong as a human for that time. (Numbers might not be exactly those, but you get the idea.)

Who was this guy?

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    Collective Man, presumably? First result when Googling your title, FWIW. Don't really have time to write an answer up though.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Apr 4, 2022 at 20:56
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    @TheLethalCarrot - I feel like they made the character a tad stereotypical there, seeing as his powers literally come from both Communism and China's population growth. But then, this is the company that gave us Captain America, a man who dresses in the colors of the American flag.
    – Adamant
    Apr 4, 2022 at 20:59
  • And given one of Collective Man's teammates literally has the power to rapidly give birth to new Chinese heroes...
    – FuzzyBoots
    Apr 4, 2022 at 21:01
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    Yes...more than a little problematic. The American heroes get all manner of cool talents, whereas the Chinese heroes get powers that are based on broad aspects of China's political system or outright stereotypes. Of course, Marvel has had even worse character ideas (cough the bulimic superhero whose power is based on overeating and self-purging cough the superhero who is a racist White man who turns into a caricature of a Black man cough).
    – Adamant
    Apr 4, 2022 at 21:02
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    What the.... ?! Apr 5, 2022 at 14:52

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As noted by TheLethalCarrot, Collective Man matches what you're looking for.

The Collective Man (Sun, Chang, Ho, Lin, and Han Tao-Yu) is a Chinese superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. 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 abilities of all five men or all the people of China. The brothers also share a psychic/spiritual link that allows them to telepathically communicate and teleport to one another.

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  • Is that character based on the story of the 5 Chinese brothers? Apr 5, 2022 at 15:01
  • @PeterTurner I've found no indication that it's the case. He seems a more generic gestalt character.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Apr 5, 2022 at 19:22

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