Comic Book: Elektra

"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

Elektra Natchios is a Marvel Comics anti-hero created by Frank Miller. 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, 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. 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 S.H.I.E.L.D., 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 Anti-Hero — not evil, not good, just herself. She is currently with the Thunderbolts.

Jennifer Garner played the character in the 2003 Daredevil and her 2005 spinoff, Elektra. Élodie Yung will play her in the second season of Netflix's Daredevil television series.

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

Storylines

Film

Series
  • Daredevil season two (2016) — Played by Élodie Yung.

Video Games


Tropes seen in these series include:

  • Action Girl: Elektra is an Olympic-level athlete and gymnast, proficient in many martial arts and master of many different weapons.
  • And Show It to You: 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: If you catch her on a bad day, RUN.
  • Back from the Dead: After that she is killed by Bullseye, the Hand attempted to resurrect Elektra and place her fully under their control through a magic ritual. Stone, a member of Stick's order, completed the process, bringing Elektra back to life after Daredevil had purified her spirit through sheer force of will.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Elektra once caught a knife out of the air before breaking the blade with her bare hands. Can also lead to Catch and Return situations.
  • Body Swap: 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.
  • Car Fu: Elektra hit the Made of Iron Kirigi with a truck during their fight in a parking garage. Set ablaze after the truck explodes, Kirigi is finally defeated after Elektra cuts his head off.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Born an ordinary human, Elektra developed her powers through years and years of training.
  • Contract on the Hitman: Three businessmen who once hired Elektra had this as official policy. They would routinely "retire" hitmen after they performed three jobs, using their replacements to do the deed. One of the three was smart enough to avoid trying this with Elektra. Too bad one of the others didn't get the memo...
  • Dodge the Bullet: Handguns... machine guns... sniper rifles... no problem.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Her original costume had her wearing thigh-high boots, but years ago she switched over to ankle wrappings and bare feet.
  • Dual Wielding: Two sai, usually, though she'll break out two swords every now and then.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Taking a cue from Bullseye, Elektra once spit one of her own teeth into the mouth of Paladin, choking him long enough for her to break free from her bonds.
  • Ivy League: Elektra met Matt Murdock at Columbia University, though she left before she could finish her degree.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Elektra is one of Marvel's greatest martial artists and all of her superpowers are Ki Attacks.
  • Leotard of Power: Her iconic costume of red color. She also a white variant after her resurrection.
  • Literal Split Personality: 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.
  • Made of Iron: 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.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: 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.
  • Male Gaze: 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.
  • Master of Disguise: Sometimes Elektra wears disguises to get close to her target.
  • Master of Illusion: Elektra can project illusions into her opponents' minds.
  • Master Swordsman: She is also proficient with the katana.
  • Missing Mom: Elektra's mom died shortly after giving birth to her. Maybe.
  • Mole in Charge: Part of Elektra's plan to take down the Hand and HYDRA simultaneously in Wolverine: Enemy of the State.
  • Mooks: Hundreds of security guards, hired goons, bounty hunters, and Hand ninjas have met the business end of a sai over the years.
  • More Deadly Than The Male: Elektra is one of the few characters in the Marvel Universe that Wolverine considers more dangerous than himself.
  • The Paralyzer: She can locate different pressure points on a person's body. She can incapacitate, paralyze, severely injure, or kill a person
  • Professional Killer: For years, Elektra worked as a bounty hunter and assassin for hire until meeting Daredevil.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Elektra has demonstrated an ability to remain hidden and undetected by other telepaths. By using a telepathic technique that she learned during her time with the Hand, Elektra can create a mental shield around her mind keeping herself hidden from not only other psychics but mind locating machines like Cerebro
  • Psychic Powers: Elektra has demonstrated low-level telekinesis and telepathy.
  • Race Lift: Who do you cast to play the olive-skinned, raven-haired, Greek-born assassin? Apparently the American-born, light-skinned, brunette Jennifer Garner...
    • The Darker and Edgier Punisher Max series makes Elektra Japanese, instead of a white woman who dresses up in ninja gear.
    • In the Daredevil live-action series, she's played by French-Cambodian actress Élodie Yung.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Elektra knocked a man unconscious for saying that being a hero "ain't a girl's job."
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Due to her ninja training, she can blend in with the shadows and remain undetected by most human
  • Super Reflexes: Elektra can react fast enough to block machine gun fire with her sai.
  • Super Speed: 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.
  • Super Strength: Elektra is strong enough to punch through a man's torso, topple a brick wall with a single kick, and lift a grown man above her head with one arm. She once compared the human skull to an eggshell during a fight.