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I'm the beast that hunts in the darkness now. I'm the monster who even monsters fear. I'm the White Tiger.
~ Ava Ayala.

White Tiger (Ava Ayala) is a fictional superheroine from Marvel Comics created by Christos Gage and Tom Raney, first appearing in Avengers Academy #20 (December 2011). Ava is the fifth character to assume the mantle of White Tiger and is the younger sister of the first White Tiger, Hector Ayala as well as the aunt of Angela del Toro.

History

After graduating from the Academy, Ava took a job working for Luke Cage as part of his Heroes for Hire. During their first outing, during the Infinity crossover, Ava used her amulets as a mystic link to an ancient spirit called the Tiger, which represented the "First Enemy" of humanity: the predator in the shadows that early humans quickly learned to fear. The Tiger used Ava as an avatar, but soon came to regret it. Ava engaged the Tiger in a contest of wills and won, pointing out that the Tiger was no longer as frightening to humanity as it once had been, and thus gaining greater access to its power. She served as a member of Cage's volunteer-led, street-level Avengers team before the 2015 Secret Wars crossover. She then served as a member of Sunspot's "Avengers Idea Mechanics" field team. After an adventure where she successfully managed to purge Angela of the remnants of her Hand brainwashing, Ava opted to retire and destroyed the original White Tiger amulet.

Powers and Abilities

Ava Ayala wears the mystical tiger amulets formerly worn by her brother Hector. When wearing them, her physical strength, speed, stamina, agility, dexterity, reflexes and reactions, coordination, balance, and endurance are enhanced to slightly superhuman levels. She also has razor sharp claws and superhuman martial arts skills.

Other versions

Marvel Universe vs The Avengers

In the limited series, Marvel Universe vs. The Avengers, Ava Ayala was this version's White Tiger and was one of the remaining four survivors of the Avengers Academy, along with Mettle, Veil, and Striker. While each of them are infected, Ava, along with the remaining Avengers and students wear a Doomstone collar that prevents the virus from taking hold of them fully, while discussing Doctor Doom's motives. After it was revealed that the Doomstones allows the wearer to maintain their humanity while still remain as cannibals, Doom activates the Doomstone, turning it red and allowing the virus to take over. Ava was among those killed while in a fight with the infected Red Hulk and the remaining infected students.

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