- "For all time. Always."
- ―TVA motto[src]
The Time Variance Authority (TVA) is a bureaucratic organization created by He Who Remains located outside of space and time that is tasked with preserving the "Sacred Timeline" and preventing the creation of branching timelines.
- 1 History
- 2 Members
- 3 Facilities
- 4 Equipment and Technology
- 5 Logos
- 6 Appearances
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
- 9 External Links
Eons ago, a Variant of He Who Remains lived on Earth in the 31st century. One day, he discovered the existence of alternate universes that were stacked on top of each other. At the same time, other Variants of himself were learning the same thing, leading them to eventually make contact with one another. The Variants shared knowledge and technologies from their respective universes to improve the others. However, certain nefarious Variants, such as Kang the Conqueror, saw the new universes as new lands to conquer, leading to a Multiversal War. The Variants battled each other to preserve their universe and annihilate the others. At one point, He Who Remains encountered a creature created from the several tears in reality with the ability to consume time and space itself. He weaponized Alioth's power to put an end to the Multiversal War before isolating his timeline and creating the Time Variance Authority to manage the flow of time and prevent any further branches.
- "Long ago, there was a vast Multiversal War. Countless unique timelines battled each other for supremacy, nearly resulting in the total destruction of... well, everything. But then, the all-knowing Time-Keepers emerged, bringing peace by reorganizing the multiverse into a single timeline, the Sacred Timeline."
- ―Miss Minutes[src]
The Time Variance Authority propaganda told of countless timelines battling one another for dominance across the Multiverse in a cataclysmic war lasting for eons and nearly destroying existence. To prevent this, the Time-Keepers brought peace and order to the Multiverse by arranging the timelines into a single "Sacred Timeline." In order to preserve the timeline's proper flow, the Time-Keepers then created the Time Variance Authority to police the Multiverse from Variants who create Nexus events. If these events were left unchecked, the timeline could branch off and lead to another Multiversal war. He Who Remains created this propaganda to give TVA workers purpose and dogma to cling to, and Miss Minutes helped spread it for centuries.
In an alternate version of 2012, an alternate version of Loki was able to acquire the Tesseract and escape, eventually landing in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. Seconds later, a Time Variance Authority unit lead by Hunter B-15 arrived and apprehended Loki for disrupting the Sacred Timeline before pruning the alternate timeline. Loki was brought to the TVA Office and went through a Variant process before he was brought into the TVA courtroom to stand in front of Judge Ravonna Renslayer. She asked Loki if he was guilty or not, to which he denied of doing any crimes against the "Sacred Timeline". Loki then tried to use his powers, before he was told that magic doesn't work in the TVA. Renslayer sentenced Loki to be reset, but before he was taken away, he was saved by Mobius M. Mobius who convinced Renslayer that the TVA could use Loki to their advantage.
Loki was recruited to work at the Time Variance Authority. Mobius M. Mobius instructed him to learn about the TVA and Loki worked at an office, where he read through TVA files and watched training videos. Miss Minutes tried to quiz Loki on what he learned, but was unsuccessful. Loki was then asked by Mobius to accompany him, Hunter B-15, and other Minutemen on a mission. After causing the TVA to fail their mission, Loki was tasked by Mobius to go over each and every one of the Variant's case files. By reading a file on Ragnarök, Loki figured out that the Variant was hiding in apocalypses.
Loki, Mobius M. Mobius, Hunter B-15, and other Minutemen went to Haven Hills, Alabama in 2050 to find the Variant. During the mission, Loki met the Variant and was too late to stop her from setting off numerous reset charges that fell through Timedoors and landed at different points throughout the "Sacred Timeline". However, the TVA was able to stop major changes from occurring and managed to stabilize the timeline.
The Truth is Exposed
After being taken to the Time-Keepers' chamber, Loki and Sylvie confronted the Time-Keepers. When Sylvie threw her sword at one of them, its head fell off, and the two discovered that the Time-Keepers were actually androids. This left the true origin of the Time Variance Authority in question.
Death of the TVA's Creator
Loki and Sylvie enchanted Alioth in the Void, causing him to leave his post. They then were able to access the Citadel at the End of Time, where they were met by Miss Minutes and then He Who Remains. He Who Remains told Loki and Sylvie about his Variants, the Multiversal War, and why he created the Time Variance Authority. He Who Remains offered them two options; kill him and risk starting a new Multiversal War or take over the Time Variance Authority. Loki wanted to think it through, but Sylvie, in a fit of revenge, pushed Loki through a Timedoor back into the TVA and killed He Who Remains. As soon as he died, dozens of branch timelines began to form.
After Kang the Conqueror was able to access the "Sacred Timeline" and came into power thanks to the death of He Who Remains, he became the ruler of the Time Variance Authority. In doing so, Kang changed it completely to fit his plans for the Multiverse. This included new Variants of Mobius M. Mobius and Hunter B-15, both of whom had no memories of Loki, and a Variant of Casey who was a Hunter. Kang also erected a statue of himself to replace the Time-Keepers statues.
|He Who Remains||Founder
|Mobius M. Mobius||Agent
|Hunter B-15||Hunter (formerly)||Inactive|
|Kang the Conqueror||Founder
|Mobius M. Mobius||Agent
Equipment and Technology
Time Variance Authority personnel have access to an extensive array of technology at their disposal that gives them the ability to apprehend Variants and fix any changes made to the timeline.
Time Variance Authority personnel are usually equipped with a variety of weapons that help them apprehend Variants.
- Time Stick: Standard weapon of TVA personnel.
- Time Twister
- Reset Charge
- Variant Processing Robot
- Miss Minutes
- TVA Holoprojector
|Appearances for the Time Variance Authority|
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Outside of time:
- In the comics, the Time Variance Authority is an organization that was formed to monitor realities throughout the multiverse and to keep temporal interference to a minimum.