Janus Tepes is the son of Dracula and Domini, who was possessed by the Golden Angel, an angel of Heaven and a messenger of God. The Angel had appeared to Dracula many times and thwarted plans in the past. The Golden Angel battled Dracula and predicted his death, although he was then slain by Dracula.
Dracula and his then wife Domini conceived Janus Tepes via a spell provided Anton Lupeski. Janus Tepes was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Dracula sired the child as part of the Church of Satan to conquer the world. The baby Janus was accidentally shot and killed by Anton Lupeski during an attack by the Nightstalkers on Dracula. Domini resurrected her baby by merging him with the so-called Golden Angel, returning Janus to life but as a full grown adult. Janus Tepes as the Golden Angel became his father's main opponent and fought him in order to prevent his victims from becoming vampires.
When Quincy Harker had temporarily destroyed Dracula, the possessing golden angel abandoned Janus' body. Janus was immediately returned to his child form, and at age five, was kidnapped by the vampire Varnae.
Janus was later attacked by the Claw Sect and handed over to his brother Xarus who had usurped his father's throne as Lord of the Vampires. The Siren Sect leader Alyssa secretly handed him a light-deflecting pendant when he escaped.
Angel Physiology: Janus became the host of the Golden Angel, and thereby possesses the powers unique to that particular type of angel.
- Angelic Wings: Janus possesses winged flight, which grant him flight at incredible speeds and with a high degree of control.
- Superhuman Strength: Janus has been seen lifting extremely large objects. The level of strength he has is equal to or greater than his father.
- Superhuman Speed: Janus is capable of running and moving at speeds greater than even the finest human athlete.
- Superhuman Stamina: Janus' body is more resistant to the fatigue toxins generated by his muscles during physical activity. He can exert himself at peak capacity for several hours before fatigue begins to affect him.
- Superhuman Agility: Janus' ability, balance, and body coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural limits of the human body.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Janus' natural reaction time is enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural limits of the human body.
- Healing Factor: Janus is capable of regenerating damaged or destroyed tissue to an extent much greater than an ordinary human. Janus can fully heal from multiple gunshots and severe burns within a matter of minutes; however, he cannot regenerate missing limbs or organs.
- Immortality: Janus apparently survived death by reincarnating himself into a new body.
- Energy Blasts: Janus possesses the ability to shoot light blasts from his hands.
- Teleporting: Janus possesses the ability to teleport short distances.
- Illusions: Janus possesses the ability to create illusions.
- Shape-shifting: Janus possesses the ability to transform partly or fully into an eagle.
- Other Abilities: Janus is capable of giving Dracula pain.
Janus' first appearance is sometimes stated to occur in Tomb of Dracula #51, due to him being confused with the Golden Angel. Janus in fact appeared in Tomb of Dracula #54 (where he was already possessed by the Golden Angel), and was named in Tomb of Dracula #55.
- 15 appearance(s) of Janus Tepes (Earth-616)
- 7 appearance(s) in handbook(s) of Janus Tepes (Earth-616)
- 1 minor appearance(s) of Janus Tepes (Earth-616)
- 1 mention(s) of Janus Tepes (Earth-616)
- 3 mention(s) in handbook(s) of Janus Tepes (Earth-616)
- 9 image(s) of Janus Tepes (Earth-616)
- 1 item(s) used/owned by Janus Tepes (Earth-616)