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In her first appearances, Gamora's speed and strength were not superhuman, but the result of intensive training and incredible skill. In the pages of Infinity Watch, it is revealed that Gamora had been cybernetically enhanced to have superhuman strength, speed, and a healing factor equal to that of Wolverine. Gamora's strength and speed were further enhanced by Adam Warlock when they returned from Soulworld.
Gamora is one of the most skilled martial artists in the Marvel Universe. She is capable of defeating opponents who possess superhuman strength and durability that far surpasses her own, and she has defeated a military platoon containing dozens of combat-trained men in only a few minutes. She has learned to paralyze or kill opponents using vital point strikes directed at certain nerve clusters. Although skilled in the use of most conventional weapons, she prefers to use knives and swords.
When she was carrying the Time Gem, Gamora was prone to precognitive dreams and visions, though she had no conscious control over them.
Gamora is the last of her species, the Zen Whoberi, who were exterminated by the Badoon (in her original timeline, her species was exterminated by the Universal Church of Truth). Thanos found the child and decided to use her as a weapon. Gamora was raised and trained by Thanos to assassinate the Magus, an evil alternate version of Adam Warlock. Thanos showed her little kindness during her childhood, but Gamora was very loyal to the man who promised her the opportunity to avenge the death of her family. Gamora became very proficient in the martial arts, earning the nickname "The most dangerous woman in the universe". When she was a teenager, Thanos took her on a trip. Gamora came into conflict with a group of thugs and despite her skill they defeated her. Thanos found her and restored her to health, cybernetically enhancing her to superhuman levels.
As an adult, Gamora was sent as an assassin against the Universal Church of the Truth, quickly becoming feared by its agents, the Black Knights. Gamora teamed up with Adam Warlock, who wanted to stop his older version. She even managed to get close to the Magus but failed her assassination in the last second. Together with Warlock, Pip the Troll and Thanos, Gamora fought to escape the Universal Church of Truth. Eventually the Magus was defeated, but Thanos revealed himself as an even greater threat. Gamora and Pip tried to stop him, but were killed by Thanos. Adam Warlock absorbed their souls into his Soul Gem.
nside the Soul Gem was Soulworld, a place where Gamora, Pip and eventually Adam Warlock himself lived at peace. When Thanos managed to obtain all the Infinity Gems, forming the Infinity Gauntlet, Adam Warlock decided that he must be stopped. Warlock led Gamora and Pip the Troll out of Soulworld into the real world. Their souls took over the bodies of three humans, who had recently died in a car crash. Gamora was erased from existence by Thanos when he erased half the population in the universe. Thanos was defeated and Gamora returned to existence.
Warlock now had the Infinity Gauntlet, giving him near omnipotence. However, the Living Tribunal intervened and Warlock divided the Infinity Gems among several guardians, known as the Infinity Watch. Gamora received the Time Gem, but was incapable of consciously using it, though it did give her sporadic precognitive dreams and visions. Gamora had become romantically interested in Adam, but Adam did not respond to her. In an argument over the Infinity Watch member Maxam, Gamora left the Infinity Watch and the Time Gem behind. She returned to work as a mercenary until Adam Warlock approached her again. They continued to travel together and eventually Adam reciprocated her love. Adam and Gamora remained in a pocket dimension outside the Marvel Universe to raise the cosmic being known as Atleza.
Gamora later reappears in the pages of Ronan, having left the company of Adam Warlock and settled on the world Godthab Omega as leader of a group of female warriors called The Graces. She is intent on re-establishing her reputation as the deadliest woman in the universe and now wields a powerful blade known as Godslayer. She joins the United Front of Nova, using her skills to launch quick counterattacks against the Annihilation Wave and is engaged in a sexual relationship with the United Front's leader, Nova.
During the Phalanx's invasion of the Kree homeworld following the Annihilation War, Gamora is assimilated as a "select" of the hive mind. They dispatch her to apprehend Nova after he flees the planet. (Nova #4, vol. 4)
First Appearance: Strange Tales (1951) #180
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100th Anniversary Special: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
All-New X-Men (2013)
Alpha Flight (1983)
#111 Annihilation (2006)
- 'Bare Bones Part 2'
#1 Annihilation: The Nova Corps Files (2006)
- 'Blood And Thunder'#2
- 'Nice Try, Drax'#3
- 'Desperate Measures'#4
Annihilation: Conquest (2008)
Annihilation: Ronan (2006)
Annihilation: Saga (2007)
#1 Avengers Assemble (2012)
- 'Blame It on the Black Star/Timely, Inc.'
Beavis and Butt-Head (1994)
Beavis und Butt-Head (1994)
Captain Marvel (2014)
#2 Cosmic Powers Unlimited (1995)
- 'Higher, Further, Faster, More. Part Two'#3
- 'Higher, Further, Faster, More. Part Three'
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
#36 Free Comic Book Day 2014 (Guardians of the Galaxy) (2014)
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- 'Strange Bedfellows, Part II'#55
- 'World Enough, And Time...'
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008)
#1 Guardians Of The Galaxy (2013)
- 'Somebody's Got To Do It'#2
- 'Beyond Belief'#4
- 'No Future'#8
- 'Past Mistakes'#10
- 'To The Death'#15
- 'Knowhere To Run To'#17
- 'Adam Magus'#19
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- 'Happy Birthday'#23#24#25
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Infinity Abyss (2002)
#1 Infinity Crusade (1993)
- 'A Mad Calling!'#2
- 'Paranoids and Nihilists'#3
- 'Memory Disorders'#4
- 'Errors in Judgment'#6
- 'Rewards & Punishment'
#1 Infinity Gauntlet (1991)
- 'The Damned'#4
- 'Mortal Sins'#5
- 'Holy War!'#6
#1 Infinity War (1992)
- 'The Final Confrontation'
#1 Iron Man (2013)
- 'Chthonic Maneuvers'#2
- 'Ethereal Revisionism'#3
- 'Nefarious Rhapsodies'#4
- 'Mortiferous Artifice'#5
- 'The Animus Engagement'
#16 Manara Werkausgabe (2009)
- 'The Secret Origin of Tony Stark: The Best Offense Part Four'
#13 Marvel (1988)
- 'X-Men - Frauen auf der Flucht'
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#20 Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
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#1 Marvel Holiday Special (1991)
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Marvel Swimsuit Special (1992)
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- 'Come to the Moon and View Heavenly Bodies Guaranteed to Send You into Orbit!'
Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
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#3 Nova (2007)
- 'The High Evolutionary Has Kidnapped Nova and the Celestials are Returning to Judge Humanity'
Annual 01#4 Nova (2013)
- 'Knowhere: Part 2'#10
- 'Terminal: Part 1'#12
- 'Terminal: Part 2'
#1#2 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Chapter Two: Believe'#3
- 'Chapter Three: Train'#5
- 'Chapter Five: Victory'#10
HC vol. 04 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)
- 'Earthmover to Guardians of the Galaxy'
Original Sin (2014)
#38 Revolutionary War: Omega (2014)
- 'Whose War Is this Anyway?'
#1 Rocket Raccoon (2014)
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#7 She-Hulk: Cosmic Collision (2009)
- 'Universal Laws: Part 1: Space Cases'#8
- 'Universal Laws: Part 2: Engagement Ring'
Silver Sable and the Wild Pack (1992)
Silver Surfer (1987)
#46 Silver Surfer (2014)
- '... The Soul World'#47
- 'Adam Warlock Protector of the Soulworld!'#48
- 'Confronting One's Maker'#87
- 'Strange Affairs'#88
- 'Common Enemy'#94
- 'Down to Earth, Part 2'
Silver Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection (1993)
#1 Strange Tales (1951)
- 'The Pact (Part 1)'#2
- 'Death's Favor (Part 2)'#3
- 'Welcome To Hades (Part 3)'#4
- 'End Game (Part 4)'
#180 Thanos (2003)
- 'The Judgment! / The Trial of Adam Warlock'#181
- '1000 Clowns!'
Annual 01 Thanos Sourcebook (2010)
- 'Damnation and Redemption'#2
The Avengers (1963)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
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- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#13 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Book of the Dead and Inactive 1 : Air-Walker to Man-Wolf'#13 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Book of the Dead and Inactive 1 : Air-Walker to Man-Wolf'
#17 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
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#469 War of Kings Saga (2009)
- 'Absolute Power'#470
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#9 Warlock (1998)
- 'The Infinity Effect'#10
- 'How Strange My Destiny! Part 1: The Rice! / Who is Thanos? / Enter the Redemption Principle!'#11
- 'How Strange My Destiny! Part 2: Escape Into the Inner Prison! / The Strange Death of Adam Warlock!'#15
- 'Just a Series of Events'
#1#2 Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992)
- 'Countdown to Destruction'#4
#2 Warlock Chronicles (1993)
- 'Gathering the Watch'#4
- 'Old Foes'#6
- 'Revenge of the Beast'#7
- 'The Island!'#8
- 'Old Wounds'#11
- 'The Appeal'#12
- 'Distant Memories'#14
- 'Strange Encounters'#15
- 'Power Play'#19
- 'True Believers'#24
- 'Raid on Asgard'#26
- 'Unlocking the Past'#27
- 'Warlock Must Die'#28
- 'Chaos at the U.N.!'#29
- 'The Dilemma'#31
- 'Heart and Soul'#33
- 'Carnival of Souls'#34
- 'Power's Pain'#35
- 'Citizen Tyrannus'#36
- 'The Dark of Truth'#37
- 'Domitian over All'#40
- 'Things Fall Apart'#42
- 'Win, Lose, Draw!'
#6 Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'After Math'#7
What If? AvX (2013)
Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Handbook (2010)
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