The Contemplator's origin is lost in antiquity. Other Elders of the Universe are representatives of the first species to evolve after the Big Bang, which had been granted absolute immortality by Death itself. However, the Contemplator declares that he was self-created, instead of being a representative of an evolved species.
Almost immortal, the Contemplator has dedicated his life to develop the powers of mind and spirit, and using them to probe the mysteries of the universe. He is in complete harmony with the cosmos, to a greater extent than any other living being. He believes that each of his actions is dictated by the cosmos's "desires". Thus, he never feels anxious.
Unlike other Elders, the Contemplator is a quiet pacifist with soft voice and an essentially benign being (although insufferably vain). He rarely takes part in the lives of "very inferior beings", except to show them the way to a greater illustration (as he has done with Jeffrey Mace in his self-appreciation in his accomplishments as the third Captain America using the identity of Mister Buda), and never collaborates with the Grandmaster in his evil schemes (although a Skrull impersonator who took on his form once did). The Contemplator dedicates most of his time to meditating and contemplating the infinite wonders of the universe.
Astral Body: The Contemplator has discovered, through complete harmony, the existence of alternate universe and can use his powers to transport himself or partially "phase " in another universe, being intangible and/or partially invisible.
Energy Channeling: The Contemplator can perform great feats of physical coordination and agility just be trying. He does not usually do this, being a pacifist and rarely a fighter.
Immortality: Due to his status as Elder of the Universe, the Contemplator's body is immune to cell deterioration and cannot be damaged through piercing, illness or anything similar. His will to life is strong enough than he can regenerate any lost part of his body. It has been theorized that the destruction of most of his molecules can stop regeneration and kill him, as has happened previously with other Elders.
Iron Will: The Contemplator completely masters his own physical form, and he also possesses a great sensitivity and comprehension of the fundamental forces of universe. Thus, he can control all of the involuntary responses of his body (heartbeats, breathing, nerves, perspiration) and the functions and natural needs of his body.
Cosmic Awareness: The Contemplator can meditate to expand his conscience field to almost infinite parameters (This is popularly known as "cosmic consciousness" or "becoming one with the universe"). He can then probe the multiple phenomena of reality, and know whatever he wishes to know.
Telekinesis: He can defy the gravity forces joining the universe. This also provides him with levitation powers.
Telepathy: The Contemplator has developed fantastic psionic skill including telepathy.