|“||I go by many names, my Tick-Ridden Troll, but I'm sure the one that Black Knight knew me by is Gamora, the Deadliest Woman in the whole Galaxy!||„|
|~ Gamora to Pip the Troll.|
|“||Thanos built me for one purpose: To kill. You can take your chances with me, but you'd be taking your chances with him, too.||„|
|~ Gamora to the Collector.|
Gamora Zen Whober Ben Titan, better known as Gamora, is a fictional superheroine from the Marvel Comics and universe, and is one of the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
She was the last of her race, and was adopted by Thanos to become a weapon to kill the Magus, and his assassin. When she learned that the Mad Titan intended to destroy the universe by using the Infinity Gems, she decided to stop him. Gamora became a heroine, and joined the Infinity Watch and Guardians of the Galaxy to protect the universe from threats.
She was created by Jim Starlin, and first appeared in Strange Tales Vol # 180 in June of 1975.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she is portrayed by Zoe Saldana, who also played Neytiri in Avatar, Nyota Uhura in the J.J. Abrams Stark Trek films, and also voiced Maria Posada in The Book of Life, Captain Celaeno in My Little Pony: The Movie, and Adelina Fortnight in Missing Link.
Gamora Zen Whober Ben Titan was born on the planet Zen-Whoberi in the Silican System, and was the sole survivor of her race after the Agents of the Church exterminated them. She was rescued by the titan Thanos, who brought her through time to a period before her people's death, traveling from Earth-7528 to Earth-616. Gamora was raised on the Sanctuary, and Thanos used advanced technology to endow her with enhanced humanoid abilities. In addition, he altered her perceptions so she couldn't recognize her villains acts.
Thanos decided to train Gamora as a weapon to kill Magus, but he showed her affections on occasions, such as celebrating the religious holiday of Yule. Gamora was given more enhancements after being brutally beaten and gang raped by a group of thugs while she and Thanos were on a trip. These upgrades made her an equal to Adam Warlock's physical abilities, and later received specialized training via martials arts, becoming resistant of reality distortion, and gaining an accelerated healing factor.
Thanos planned to send Gamora to assassinate Magus, and she practiced for her assignment by killing the Church's Grand Inquisitors. The mad titan hoped that the presence of an non-contemporary element such as Gamora, would insert into the Magus' present would disrupt his opponent's plans and eliminate the divergence that created Magus. Though Gamora failed to get close enough to Magus to assassinate him, she assisted Adam Warlock in the final battle against Magus.
Infinity Gauntlet Crisis
After Magus' defeat, Gamora told Thanos that she became bored while on the Sanctuary, and he tasked her with becoming Warlock's bodyguard. While locating Adam, she was attacked by Drax the Destroyer, a being created by Mentor and Kronos to kill Thanos. She escaped from Drax, and returned to Thanos, only to learn that he planned to destroy the universe as a sacrifice to Death. Horrified, Gamora attempted to kill Thanos, but was killed by him instead, and her conscious was placed into the Soul Gem by Warlock.
her spirit remained in the gem until the Infinity Gauntlet Crisis, with Warlock projecting his, Gamora and Pip the Troll's soul into three deceased bodies. Gamora joined Warlock in his plan to stop Thanos, and later saw him seize the Infinity Gauntlet for himself. Gamora remained at his side, but was against the idea of leaving Thanos free, due to his crimes.
Months later, Warlock was convinced by the Living Tribunal that he was unworthy of wielding the Infinity Gems, and decided to entrust them to people he could rely on. Adam entrusted Gamora with the Time Gem, and she was made a member of the Infinity Watch, which consisted of Warlock, Drax, Pip the Troll, and Moondragon. The team was forced to team up with up with Thanos to stop Magus, who returned from Warlock expelling both the bad and good from his body.
At times, Gamora would tap into the power of the Time Gem, and one of her visions saw a man standing over, what appeared to be a dead Warlock. This frightened her, especially after Warlock was put into a coma after fighting Magus. Later on, a man by the name of Maxam washed up on their shore, and she recognized him from her vision. Though Gamora voted for the Watch to not help him, Warlock said they should. Another threat emerged when Warlock's good side sought to eradiate the universe of all sin by eradicating the universe itself.
The team and many of Earth's heroes were manipulated into joining the Goddess' crusade, and a war broke out between those manipulated and not manipulated. Those manipulated were broke out of trance when Warlock and Thanos defeated the Goddess, and banished her to the soul world. Later on, the team helped the Silver Surfer fought against a mentally unstable Thor, but without the help of Adam Warlock. The attack was a mistake, as Thor defeated them and took the Power Gem from Drax. Warlock and Silver Surfer were forced to get aid from Doctor Strange, and had help from Thanos to get Odin to finally help Thor.
Guardians of the Galaxy
After the Phalanx invasions, Gamora joined the Guardians of the Galaxy, as she wanted to have a purpose and do for the greater good. She was not trusted by the team at first due to her past, but after risking her life to save the others, she was seen in a different light. While trying to close a fissure located inside a Dyson Sphere, the team decided to stop threats by turning off the shield that protected them from the star's heat. Though planning to teleport out, they were unable to, and Gamora's body became charred.
After finding the Skrulls on Knowhere, it was reveled that Star-Lord had Mantis mildly brainwash them into joining the Guardians. Disgusted, Gamora quit the team and joined with Adam Warlock, but returned to the team to help them save the universe.
- In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she is portrayed by Zoe Saldana, who also played Neytiri in Avatar, Nyota Uhura in the J.J. Abrams Stark Trek films, and also voiced Maria Posada in The Book of Life, Captain Celaeno in My Little Pony: The Movie, and Adelina Fortnight in Missing Link. Ariana Greenblatt played the character younger in Infinity War, and she also played Daphne Diaz in Stuck in the Middle.
- In the Silver Surfer animated series, she was voiced by Mary Long and Alison Sealy-Smith in later episodes.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, she was voiced by Nika Futterman, who also voiced Asajj Ventress in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Luna Loud in The Loud House and The Loud House Movie, Letty Ortiz in Fast & Furious: Showdown.
- Futterman reprised her voice for the character in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, Disney Infinity 3.0, Avengers Assemble before being replaced by Laura Bailey, and later in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
- In the Avengers Assemble episode "Widow's Run", she was voiced by Laura Bailey, who also voiced Supergirl in Injustice 2, Eltariel in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Mary Jane Watson in Marvel's Spider-Man, and many more.
- In Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, she was voiced by Masato Funaki.
- In Guardians of the Galaxy, she was voiced by Vanessa Marshall, who also voiced Samus Aran in Metroid Prime, EVA in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Sarah Kerrigan in Heroes of the Storm, Black Canary in Injustice 2, and many more.
- Marshall reprised her voice for the character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes - Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Marvel Powers United VR, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.
- In Lego Marvel Super Heroes, she was voiced by Danielle Nicolet, who also voiced Jacqui Briggs and Sareena in Mortal Kombat X.
- In Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, she was voiced by Emily O'Brien.
- Just like Thanos, Gamora was able to see Death from an early age.