|“||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.
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
As the inheritor of her family's magical Amulets of Power (Tiger Totem), Ava Ayala's endurance, speed, agility, and dexterity have been enhanced to abnormal levels for a human being. Utilizing her heightened cat-like reflexes and over-all mobility, Ava has become a formidable acrobat, allowing her to evade assault from enemies. The Tiger Totem's mystical properties can sometimes become vastly overwhelming, augmenting Ava's strength and causing her to become highly volatile or feral.
As the understudy of Tigra, Ava possesses an exceptional combat prowess, complimented by claws built into the gloves of her costume.