[[caption-width-right:303:[[BadassBoast I am Elektra Natchios. Not even the stars are safe in the sky.]]]]

->''"Once upon a time... there was a beautiful princess. So the warrior princess became a ronin and a whore. A warrior for hire. She sold her talent and rage to anyone who was willing to buy it. But she found that her life ran in cycles. That the same players came in and out of her life no matter how far she ran and no matter how much she learned. Old love kept returning. And old debts left unpaid came back to haunt her. And even that final disappointment of a warrior's death brought her no peace. Because the way of the ninja is to know that life and death are nothing but energy pushed and pulled. The princess was brought back to life. Brought back from 'the Place of No Name'... to finish a fight she did not start."''

Elektra Natchios is a MarvelComics anti-hero created by FrankMiller. Making her debut in ''Daredevil #168'' (January, 1981) as Matt Murdock's college love interest turned assassin, Elektra is one of Daredevil's most dangerous, unpredictable enemies. Originally a college student at New York's Columbia University with her boyfriend, [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]], the Greek-born Elektra left for Japan after the accidental death of her father. Encountering Stick, leader of the secret martial arts organization known as the Chaste, Elektra's fighting skills were honed to peak human levels. Unfortunately the hate in her heart got her expelled from the Chaste, so Elektra joined their rivals, the Hand. [[TheCorruption Corrupted]] by the Hand, Elektra became the organization's top assassin until breaking free from their control and returning to New York.

After the Man Without Fear saves her from mobster Eric Slaughter and his hit men, Elektra learns Daredevil's secret identity and tries to rekindle their relationship only to be rejected because of her killing ways. Together, the former lovers battle and defeat the Hand after the organization attempts to kill members of the Chaste. After Elektra became the Kingpin's chief assassin, Elektra and Daredevil battle continuously until she was ordered to kill Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, Matt Murdock's best friend. Unable to kill Foggy, who recognized her as "Matt's girl", Elektra was forced to battle Bullseye, the Kingpin's former chief assassin. Elektra fought hard but was defeated by Bullseye after he impaled her on her own sai. Mortally wounded, Elektra crawled to Matt's doorstep and died in his arms. Resurrected thanks to Daredevil and Stone, an associate of Stick, Elektra traveled the world as a freelance assassin/bounty hunter. After aiding ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}, {{Wolverine}}, and her former lover Daredevil, Elektra was replaced by a Skrull agent named Siri prior to the ''Secret Invasion'' event. Once freed, she became more involved in the superhero community and began walking a careful line as an AntiHero -- not evil, not good, just herself. She is currently with the Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}.


[[folder: Comics ]]

* ''The Elektra Saga''
* ''Elektra: Assassin''
* ''Elektra Lives Again''
* ''Elektra: Root of Evil''
* ''Elektra''
* ''Elektra and Wolverine: The Redeemer''
* ''Elektra: Glimpse & Echo''
* ''Elektra: The Hand''

* ''DC vs. Marvel''
* ''MarvelZombies''
* ''SecretInvasion''
* ''Comicbook/DarkReign''


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Daredevil}}''
* ''Film/{{Elektra}}''


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroesVsStreetFighter'': Elektra makes a cameo appearance in the background of Apocalypse's stage along with other Marvel and Street Fighter characters.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelNemesisRiseOfTheImperfects'': One of the playable characters, Elektra battles a mind-controlled ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} on the roof of the [[Franchise/SpiderMan Daily Bugle]].
* ''MarvelUltimateAlliance'': Elektra is a playable character on all versions of the game. Teaming her up with a combination of MsMarvel, [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Invisible Woman]], Comicbook/{{Spider-Woman}}, or {{Storm}} nets players a 5% attack bonus.
* ''Videogame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'': Introduced as a boss character and leader of the Hand, she eventually switched sides to join the Agent (and become playable), offering no apology and very little explanation beyond "Nothing is permanent."

!!Tropes seen in these series include:
* AbsurdlySharpBlade
* ActionGirl
* AndShowItToYou: Elektra is strong enough to rip out a man's heart with her bare hands.
--> '''Elektra''': His heart is warm and strong. I let him see it.
* AntiHero
* AxCrazy: If you catch her on a bad day, RUN.
* {{Badass}}: One of the biggest in the MU.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Elektra once caught a knife out of the air before breaking the blade with her bare hands. Can also lead to CatchAndReturn situations.
* BattleInTheRain
* BladeLock
* BloodFromTheMouth
* BloodSplatteredWarrior
* BodySwap: Elektra can throw her mind into another person's body for as long as four months. She has also demonstrated the ability to swap other peoples' minds.
* BottomlessMagazines
* BrainyBrunette
* BreakableWeapons
* CarFu: Elektra hit the MadeOfIron Kirigi with a truck during their fight in a parking garage. Set ablaze after the [[EveryCarIsAPinto truck explodes]], Kirigi is finally defeated after Elektra [[OffWithHisHead cuts his head off]].
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Born an ordinary human, Elektra developed her powers through years and years of training.
* ContractOnTheHitman
* DeathIsCheap
* DesignatedGirlFight: With Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} in ''DC vs. Marvel''.
* {{Determinator}}
* DistractedByTheSexy
* DodgeTheBullet: Handguns... machine guns... sniper rifles... no problem.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Her original costume had her wearing thigh-high boots, but years ago she switched over to ankle wrappings and bare feet.
* TheDragon: To Kingpin in FrankMiller era and in ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX Punisher Max]]''.
* DualWielding: Two sai, usually, though she'll break out two swords every now and then.
* {{Fanservice}}: Of the BareYourMidriff, ClothingDamage, LingerieScene, MostCommonSuperpower, ShesGotLegs, {{Stripperific}}, VaporWear variety.
** In Punisher MAX, Kingpin was attracted to her
* FemmeFatale
* FirstBlood
* GunsVsSwords
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: Disguising herself as a stripper, Elektra's assets were hidden by her arms and, later, feathers.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
* HeroicSecondWind: Elektra gets one during her rematch with Bullseye.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Elektra has been on both ends of this one.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Gardening shears, shards of ice, her waist sash, her own teeth...
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Taking a cue from Bullseye, Elektra once spit one of her own teeth into the mouth of [[{{Thunderbolts}} Paladin]], choking him long enough for her to break free from her bonds.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja
* IvyLeague: Elektra met Matt Murdock at Columbia University, though she left before she could finish her degree.
* KungFuWizard: Elektra is one of Marvel's greatest martial artists and all of her superpowers are KiAttacks.
* LeotardOfPower: Her classic costume.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Elektra was split into good and evil aspects after being resurrected by Stone. Calling itself Erynys, the entity was defeated by Elektra, returning the evil to Elektra's soul.
* MadeOfIron: The amount of things that she's shaken off or gotten up from that would have killed or crippled anyone else is truly jawdropping even by MU standards.
* MakeMeWannaShout: The Silent Shout, an powerful ki attack used by the Chaste that leaves the user mute for a few days. Elektra can use this power as well, though not with the same intensity.
* MaleGaze: Elektra's body is prominently featured during fight scenes. When she dodges, artists usually draw her from behind to emphasize her ass. Flying kicks are drawn from the front, effectively becoming full-page crotch shots.
* MasterOfDisguise: Sometimes Elektra wears disguises to get close to her target.
* MasterOfIllusion: Elektra can project illusions into her opponents' minds.
* MasterSwordsman
* McNinja
* MissingMom: Elektra's mom died shortly after giving birth to her. [[DependingOnTheWriter Maybe]].
* MoleInCharge: Part of Elektra's plan to take down the Hand and HYDRA simultaneously in ''Wolverine: Enemy of the State''.
* {{Mooks}}: Hundreds of security guards, [[DumbMuscle hired goons]], [[BountyHunter bounty hunters]], and Hand ninjas have met the business end of a sai over the years.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Elektra is one of the few characters in the Marvel Universe that Wolverine considers more dangerous than himself.
* MovieSuperheroesWearBlack: Played straight in ''Daredevil'', averted in TheMovie.
* MultipleChoicePast
* NotSoDifferent: Bullseye pointed this out to Elektra during their rematch when she nearly gave in to her bloodlust.
* OldRetainer: Stavros
* TheParalyzer: Using PressurePoint attacks, no less.
* PinballProjectile: Elektra's sai can be used in this manner by striking surfaces handle first.
* ProfessionalKiller
* PsychicBlockDefense
* PsychicPowers: Elektra has demonstrated low-level telekinesis and telepathy.
* RaceLift: Who do you cast to play the olive-skinned, raven-haired, Greek-born assassin? Apparently the [[FakeNationality American-born]], [[WTFCastingAgency light-skinned, brunette Jennifer Garner]]...
** The DarkerAndEdgier ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX Punisher Max]]'' series makes Elektra Japanese, instead of a white woman who dresses up in ninja gear.
* TheRival: Bullseye
* RoofHopping
* RooftopConfrontation
* [[SaiGuy Sai Girl]]
* ScopeSnipe: Elektra once used a handgun to kill a sniper this way.
* SkinnyDipping: Complete with ToplessnessFromTheBack in ''Elektra: Root of Evil''.
* StayInTheKitchen: Elektra knocked a man unconscious for saying that being a hero "ain't a girl's job."
* StealthHiBye
* SuperReflexes: Elektra can react fast enough to block machine gun fire with her sai.
* SuperSpeed: Elektra is fast enough to disarm half a dozen men before they can fire a single shot, gut a man from across the room before he can complete a sentence, and run so fast that security cameras can't record her movements.
* SuperStrength: Elektra is strong enough to punch through a man's torso, topple a brick wall with a single kick, and [[NeckLift lift]] a grown man above her head with one arm. She once compared the human skull to an [[MadeOfPlasticine eggshell]] during a fight.
* SuperWindowJump
* TechnicolorNinjas
* [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Throwing Your Sai Always Works]]
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Ever the CombatPragmatist, tactics used by Elektra include: BulletproofHumanShield, EyeScream, GroinAttack, InTheBack, KilledMidSentence, NeckSnap, and PlayingPossum. In one story she held a ''dog'' hostage (albeit as a distraction from her ''real'' strategy).
* WaifFu: She's capable of lifting twice her body weight.