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Species: Enhanced Zehoberei
Affiliation(s): Children of Thanos, Guardians of the Galaxy
Portrayed By: Zoe Saldana, Ariana Greenblatt (young)
Voiced By: Carla Medina (Latin-American Spanish dub, adult), Valentina Rodríguez (Latin-American Spanish dub, child), Olga Velasco (European Spanish dub), Romi Park (Japanese dub), Nathalie Karsenti (French dub), Catherine Proulx-Lemay (Canadian French dub), Priscila Amorim (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Avengers: Infinity War
A Zehoberei woman taken in and modified by Thanos to be a warrior and master assassin in his service.
- Abusive Parents: Or rather, adoptive father, in Gamora's case. Though even "adoptive" is too kind a word... Thanos kidnapped her from her home planet after slaughtering half the people there (including her family) and raised her as his adoptive daughter. Of course, by "raised", this is in the most abusive and traumatic way possible, as he succeeded in turning her into an assassin. Horrifyingly and tragically, Gamora dies at the very hands of her abusive adoptive father in Infinity War.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair colour is black in the comics, and dark red in MCU.
- Adaptational Modesty: Gamora's costumes in the films are significantly less Stripperiffic than what she usually wears in the comics.
- Adaptational Nice Guy:
- In the comics, she's known as "The Deadliest Woman in the Galaxy", rather amoral, and is generally on the side of the good guys more out of spite, boredom, or self-preservation than any real desire to make the universe a safer place. Here, she's the most moral of the group, quickly connects emotionally with the team, serves as the moral compass early in the film, and is the first to stand by Peter.
- Downplayed with her 2014 counterpart from Endgame onwards. While she has more traits with the original comic book version, she has a pretty clear turn to heroism after a little bit of convincing from prime timeline Nebula.
- Affectionate Nickname: Thanos calls Gamora "little one".
- Alien Blood: She bleeds green.
- Almost Kiss:
- A textbook case with Quill in the first Guardians movie. Although instead of pulling away, or slapping him, she pulls a knife on him.
- Mirroring the first time they nearly kissed in her original timeline, the first meeting between this Gamora and Quill in Endgame results in her kneeing him in the groin twice.
- Aloof Big Sister: It's revealed that part of the reason Nebula hates Gamora is because of this. While we don't know who is actually older, Nebula feels younger here. When the two were pitted against each other, Gamora never held back or showed any concern over Thanos's abuse. Gamora was focused on survival. As Nebula put it, "You were all I had. But you just needed to win." Nebula always wanted Gamora to be her sister or show some concern for her.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Supposedly she's a cyborg, but all that shows on the outside is some slight ridging on her face (unless that's her natural bone structure). Compare her Evil Counterpart and sister Nebula, who has no hair and a clearly-mechanical arm and eye. This gets played with a bit in the second Guardians film, when Nebula says that Thanos would pit the sisters against each other, and add more cybernetics to the loser. Nebula always lost; she points out that Gamora could have let her win every once in a while to spare her, but she never did.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Downplayed. Gamora gets a few scrapes and scratches, but she isn't marred nearly as much as logic says she should be. Justified, as she has a healing factor in the comics and an "enhanced regeneration implant" is mentioned in her rap sheet.
- Big Sister Instinct: The Guardians take the job from the Sovereigns to get her sister back (though she states they are taking her to prison), who even as she tries to kill her, she is constantly trying to protect and sway her. She also says "hi" and smiles at Groot even in a very tense situation, clearly humoring him in a sisterly way. Thanos uses this against Gamora in Infinity War when he tortures Nebula in front of her so she'll tell him the location of the Soul Stone.
- Broken Bird: Her planet was razed and her family murdered in front of her, then she was adopted and raised as an assassin by the one responsible. It's no surprise someone coming out of that would be so cold and emotionally reserved.
- Cain and Abel: With Nebula. There is some genuine affection mingled in with the resentment and bad blood between them, at least enough that Gamora tried to save Nebula after defeating her on the Dark Aster. They reconcile in Vol. 2 and agree to live as sisters instead of the fratricidal weapons Thanos tried to forcibly turn them into. This dynamic is ultimately reversed in Endgame when Nebula, traveling from their future after they reconciled, convinces Gamora they need to work together against Thanos and Nebula's past self.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: She is a victim of it, just like her sister Nebula:Gamora: When Thanos took my home world, he killed my parents in front of me. He tortured me, turned me into a weapon.
- Combat Pragmatism: Despite normally favoring a sword, she quickly switches to a gun when facing more powerful opponents. This apparently took Peter by surprise. She is also not above such tactics as Groin Attacks or biting her opponents.
- Combat Stilettos: She wears heeled boots most of the time, which don't hinder her fighting abilities in any way.
- The Comically Serious: Her serious attitude clashing with the likes of Peter Quill is good for a laugh on more than a couple of occasions, like when she refused to be taken in by Peter's "pelvic sorcery," or instances of taking metaphors literally.Quill: In [Footloose], a great hero named Kevin Bacon teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that dancing, well... it's the greatest thing there is.
Gamora: [with complete sincerity] Who put the sticks up their butts?
Quill: What? No, that's just a...
Gamora: That is cruel.
- Cyborg: Not to the extent of Nebula, but it's stated a couple times that her body has been augmented several times by Thanos. It's even counted as the reason she can spend several minutes in a vacuum before it kills her.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The man who murdered her family and slaughtered half her species kidnapped her, surgically modified her, trained her as an assassin, and forced her to kill on his behalf, all while considering her his "favourite daughter" in a display of twisted affection. By the time she's incarcerated in the Kyln, she actually regards it as an improvement.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Wears an entirely black outfit and one of the heroes-ish.
- The Dragon: In the first Guardians film, Gamora and Nebula are Co-Dragons on loan from Thanos to Ronan, who is himself Thanos's dragon. Gamora betrays all of them early on. In Endgame, she was plucked from the timeline where she's still serving as one for Thanos until the main Nebula convinces her to defect.
- Facial Markings:
- She has several marks on her face, a result of her cybernetics showing through her skin.
- She also has the same yellow "spots" around her eyes as her comic incarnation, though they're far less noticeable, and could be mistaken for simple eye-shadow.
- Genocide Survivor: It's revealed that Thanos executed half the population of her home planet, including her family. He then adopted (or more accurately, kidnapped) her and raised her to be an assassin.
- Girlish Pigtails: To highlight her youth and innocence, the young Gamora seen in Infinity War has her hair in two braided pigtails.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Played straight in that she is green skinned, an alien, hot, and also falling for an Earthman.
- Groin Attack: She's not above it.
- When she attempts to steal the Orb from Quill on Xandar, she kicks him between the legs twice in a row.
- Her 2014 self also does this to Peter Quill after he hugs her since she was from a time before they became a Battle Couple.
- HeelFace Turn: In Guardians of the Galaxy, She took the first opportunity to betray Ronan and break away from Thanos. Her pre-GotG self also defected to the heroes after the main Nebula successfully pleads to her good side.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Often seen in black leather gear.
- Hitman with a Heart: Decides to go Anti-Hero, turning against her former compatriots and employers to protect the masses of the galaxy from certain doom. Main Nebula tapping to her noble side is what successfully convinces her pre-GotG self to defect from Thanos.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Doesn't appear in the MCU until the sixth year.
- Knife Nut: She loves her blades almost as much as Drax loves his.
- Lady of War: She's impeccably graceful both in and out of combat, relies far more on skill as compared to strength or big guns, and is frighteningly deadly either with or without a weapon. There's a reason she's the most wanted (and most dangerous) assassin in the galaxy.
- Last of Her Kind: Her rap sheet shows that she is the last of the Zehoberei people. However in Infinity War, it is shown that Thanos has wiped out only half of them. Thanos himself claims that her home world has managed to do better due to there being fewer people to take up the resources. Given she was there during the massacre, Gamora isn't impressed. During a Q&A The Russo Brothers refused to resolve the contradiction, and replied instead: "Who do you believe? Do you believe Thanos or Gamora?"
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: Her HeelFace Turn and Defrosting Ice Queen personality makes her the Light Feminine to the brooding Card-Carrying Villain Nebula's Dark Feminine.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Mad Titan and adoptive beautiful daughter on his case.
- Magnetic Hero: While not The Hero Gamora has a strange way with emotionally touching the people around her. She was Thanos's favorite daughter, and still is after deserting and betraying him. She was the sister Nebula "hated the least", to the point that Nebula couldn't bring herself to actually kill Gamora. And of course, her relationship with Peter.
- Male Gaze: The camera (and Peter) focus on her shapely butt swaying as she ascends the steps on the Milano.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Aside from Nebula, it's stated that she has other adopted siblings, all of whom were experimented on by Thanos to create his own band of assassin children. Gamora is apparently the one that Nebula hates the least.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Gamora hates Thanos for killing her family and reshaping her into a weapon to serve him. She betrays him to keep the Power Stone away from him.
- Morality Pet: She is perhaps the only thing Thanos truly cares about. He sacrifices her for the Soul Stone but is crying the whole time.
- Multicolored Hair: Dark brown hair with a purplish red ombre.
- Only One Name: She goes by a single name without any other identifiers.
- Only Sane Woman: Considering the rest of the team and her own motives, she's the only one who realizes how dangerous the first movie's stakes really are and decides that the Orb should really belong with the Nova Corps. She also refuses to be distracted by Peter's advances, though her actual reaction suggests this might be more a case of being flustered than mission focused. She laments the fact that everyone else on the team is completely insane in the frst Guardians film:Drax: Cease your yammering and relieve us from this irksome confinement.
Quill: Yeah, I'll have to agree with the walking thesaurus on that one.
Drax: Do not ever call me a thesaurus.
Quill: It's just a metaphor, dude.
Rocket: His people are completely literal, metaphors are gonna go over his head.
Drax: Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it.
Gamora: ... I'm gonna die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.
- Parental Favoritism: She is Thanos' favorite daughter to the point where he thought of her as his future heir. Considering this is Thanos, that doesn't say much.
- Professional Killer: Was an assassin by trade before she left Thanos, and though she's trying to reform... well, she hasn't lost her touch.
- Red/Green Contrast: Her appearance utilizes it — red highlights in her hair stand out more against her green skin.
- The Stoic: Bordering on Emotionless Girl. Always focused and serious (aside from truly deadpan snark), and as evidenced by the way she interacts with the smitten Peter Quill pre-Infinity War, she even avoids having feelings.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She has a tough and emotionless exterior due to her upbringing, but she's nice and kind-hearted once she starts to open up.
- Super Strength: Although she rarely has cause to use it due to her general badassery, she is strong enough to perform incredibly impressive feats of strength, for example using a BFG designed to be mounted on spaceships, which was easily over one ton. This also includes the ability to leap tremendous distances, such as bouncing off the Abelisk's tentacle and landing her sword into its cut high on its neck.
- Sexy Walk: Shown off by several Male Gaze camera shots of her leather-clad butt.
- She-Fu: Her fighting style is very flexible and acrobatic. Shown off in particular detail during her scuffle with Peter at the start of the original film when she manages to match, if not outmatch, him while both are lying next to each other on the ground and she gives him a swift kick in the jaw from the prone position.
- Time-Shifted Actor: Ariana Greenblatt plays young Gamora in Infinity War, while Zoe Saldana plays her adult counterpart.
- Tyke-Bomb: Kidnapped and raised as an assassin from a young age by the man who murdered her family.
- White Sheep: She's this for her adoptive family, The Black Order, as seen in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War; she's only the truly compassionate child of Thanos and the first to defect from him. Ironically, Gamora is still Thanos's favorite daughter despite betraying him outright.
- Act of True Love: Whether justified or not, in Infinity War she sacrifices everything, including "greater good" (the location of the Soul Stone) and ultimately, her own life for familial love for her sister Nebula.
- Alone with the Psycho: After two and a half movies of successfully escaping her abusive "father", Thanos finally gets his hands on her in Avengers: Infinity War. This ends with a little trip to Vormir and Gamora dying at Thanos's hands as a sacrifice, with no one but Red Skull as a witness.
- Apocalypse Maiden: By virtue of being the only being that Thanos loves, he needs her in order to obtain the Soul Stone. As is common with the trope, she tries to thwart his plan by quickly whipping out her little double-edged dagger and attempting to stab herself to death with it,, but Thanos prevents it, as it's also common with the trope.
- Armor-Piercing Response: Gives one to Peter in the second film:Peter: I finally found my family! Don't you understand that?
Gamora: ...I thought you already had.
- As You Know...: The trend of Gamora being the one to provide information to the audience in the first film as Ms. Exposition continues this way in the second one:
- In the first scene, Gamora exposits that the Guardians were hired by the High Priestess to kill the Abilisk. Maybe she thought Rocket had forgotten, you know, given that he was setting up background music and his known penchant for thievery.
- Later she recaps Peter's childhood excuse of calling David Hasselhoff his father to Peter himself. Downplayed, however, in that Gamora gets some details wrong (e.g., saying Hasselhoff piloted a magical boat rather than a talking car), forcing Peter to correct her so she can tell the rest of the story properly.
- Badass Adorable: Right at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, when she shyly, awkwardly starts dancing to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
- Bad Liar: Thanos calls her one after she swears that she doesn't know the location of the Soul Stone.Thanos: Youre strong — me... Youre generous — me... But I never taught you to lie. Thats why youre so bad at it.
- The Bait: As badass as she is, she can't survive on a station of inmates that want her dead with guards that won't care enough to stop them. Quill convinces Drax and the other inmates to spare Gamora, saying that if she's alive, Ronan the guy Drax really wants will eventually come for her.
- Battle Couple: With Peter Quill, after they become the Official Couple.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Her relationship with Star-Lord starts out with them trying to kill each other. Then they start grooving to '80s music and then she puts a knife to his neck for attempting to seduce her.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Subverted. She considers Thanos taking her alive to be A Fate Worse Than Death. To the point she makes Peter promise to kill her should it come to pass. However this trope is played completely straight when Gamora is shocked to find she's the not just the key to finding the Soul Stone, but the sacrifice needed to obtain it. She tries to kill herself to deny Thanos, but he robs her of the chance with the Reality Stone.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When Gamora and Nebula discover the bones of the children Ego murdered underneath his planet, she angrily confronts Mantis about it by forcing her with a Neck Lift if she's scheming with Ego to manipulate Peter, until Drax tells her to put Mantis down and learns about the true story behind Ego's genocidal plot afterwards before immediately rescuing Peter from him.
- BFG: During the fight with Nebula in the second Guardians film, she manages to not only jury-rig an entire spaceship cannon made up of three rotary guns that's bigger than her, but walk around with it sitting on her shoulder as she fires it at full-auto straight into Nebula's craft said cannon came from.
- Big "NO!":
- In the first Guardians film, when it looks like Nebula is going to fall to her death.
- She furiously shakes her head when Peter invites her to the dance-off against Ronan. Followed by an actual Big "NO!" when Peter is about to grab the Infinity Stone.
- In the second film, when she thinks Peter has died in a massive explosion.
- Character Death: Thanos throws her to her death to obtain the Soul Stone, which required him to sacrifice that which is most important to him.
- Deader Than Dead: Touched upon when Thanos sacrifices her for the Soul Stone. This is expanded upon with Hulk trying to resurrect Black Widow, who sacrificed herself to Gamora's fate, along with everybody else Thanos snapped away, but doesn't come back, as the trade is irreversible, even with the collective power of the Infinity Stones. (Undoing it may simply be "against the rules," because Soul requiring a sacrifice would be meaningless if it can be undone.)
- Deadpan Snarker: While most of the Guardians have their moments (the MCU is a World of Snark, after all), Gamora, being the Only Sane Woman, probably leads them.Gamora: I'm gonna die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.
- Dead Person Conversation: Gamora appears to Thanos in a vision as a child when he finally accomplishes his goal, asking if he did it and what it cost him.
- Death by Adaptation: Gamora died from the Badass Fingersnap in the comic, but dies before that in the Infinity War film so that Thanos can retrieve the Soul Stone.
- A Death in the Limelight: Infinity War sees a flashback of Gamora's adoption by Thanos, as well as scenes between her and Thanos culminating in her death by Thanos' hand.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially distant to her teammates coming off of serving under Thanos, but starts to open up and care about them as she recognizes them as her friends.
- Dispense with the Pleasantries: In Vol.1 she won't be distracted by them:The Collector: Oh, my dear Gamora. How wonderful to meet in the flesh.Gamora: Let's bypass the formalities, Tivan. We have what we discussed.
- Dying Declaration of Love: When she is captured by Thanos in Infinity War, she asks Quill to honor his promise and kill her. Before he pulls the trigger, Gamora says that she loves him "more than anything". This is not the moment she dies, however, as the bullet turns into bubbles: the reality has been distorted by the Reality Stone.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Gets quite the eyeful of Thor after the Guardians bring him onboard the Benetar. She even picks up Thor's arm and feels his biceps herself before Quill tells her to stop.Gamora: It's like his muscles are made of Cotati metal fiber...
- Foil: Peter's opposite in personality. Peter is a carefree Stepford Smiler who's Only in It for the Money, Gamora is a brooding Broken Bird who's out for revenge against the madman who raised her; Peter is a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass who gets out of tight situations by thinking on his feet, Gamora is an experienced Professional Killer whose discipline is her greatest asset, but who is a poor improviser. Both were taken in and raised by someone not of their species to have some degree in fighting. The initial fight between her and Peter, where she displays superior skill and strength but is caught off guard more than once by his resourcefulness, highlights this well.
- Forced to Watch: In Infinity War, Thanos forces her to watch her sister Nebula being tortured in front of her. Gamora caves in to Thanos's demands to stop the torture.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Gamora believes that love cannot be in the form of possessive or abusive relationships, and thus assumes her adopted father Thanos, who has abused her and Nebula into killing machines, is incapable of loving anyone. She realizes too late that Thanos does genuinely love her in his own twisted way... just when he needs a loved one to sacrifice for the Soul Stone.Gamora: No... This isn't love!
- Guilt by Association: Just being an ally to Ronan (an ex-ally, at that) is enough to make Gamora widely despised the minute she arrived on the Kyln, and it nearly gets her killed — first by an angry mob, then by Drax.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted. Gamora's Weapon of Choice is her trademark sword, while Peter Quill thinks guns are "his thing". However as a Combat Pragmatist, Gamora will not hesitate to use a gun or other weapon, if need be.
- Heroic Suicide: Subverted. Gamora attempts to kill herself once she realizes that Thanos is crying for her to prevent him from completing the ritual for the Soul Stone, but Thanos turns the dagger she uses into bubbles with the Reality Stone.
- Hostage for MacGuffin: In Infinity War, Thanos gets Gamora to tell him the location of the Soul Stone after threatening to kill Nebula. This ultimately leads to Gamora's own death, but Nebula survives until the end.
- Human Sacrifice: Her fate in Infinity War. Thanos sacrifices her for the Soul Stone by throwing her off the cliff in a predetermined location on Vormir that resembles an altar.
- Hypocrite: Insults Peter by calling him "an honorless thief". This, after she'd double-crossed her former allies and attacked Peter in an attempt to steal the Orb from him and sell it herself.
- I Can't Dance: She initially can't bring herself to dance. The fact that Peter can coax her into dancing in Vol. 2 showcases how much she has defrosted.
- I'm Not Hungry: When Thanos offers Gamora a bowl of food after taking her to his base, she angrily throws the bowl across the room.
- Interrupted Suicide: Two very, very grim instances in Infinity War. The first time was when she demanded Peter to shoot her after Thanos had taken her hostage but Thanos prevented this by turning his shots and his gun into bubbles. The second is when she realizes that Thanos is going to sacrifice her to obtain the Soul Stone, she grabs the dagger to stab herself but it turns into bubbles as well.
- Interspecies Romance: With Peter Quill, a human.
- Irony: In Infinity War, she swears to Thanos on her life that she never found the Soul Stone. While this is technically true, she did find its location. Thanos kills her later in the movie, although for different reasons.
- Institutional Apparel: In Vol.1, she has to wear a yellow sleeveless top and pants in the Kyln Space Prison.
- Killed Off for Real: Her final fate after Thanos throws her to her death — we see her dead body. Endgame confirms that anyone killed to get the Soul Stone stays dead and can't be brought back... At least not by the Infinity Stones — the Quantum Realm remains an option to retrieve a past version from an alternate timeline.
- Klingons Love Shakespeare: Whilst she's not as big an overt fan as Quill (or even Groot), she does express in the first Guardians film that Quill's music is not displeasing. In the Guardians' introductory scene in Infinity War, she's shown actively singing along to "Rubberband Man" with Quill.
- The Lancer: Gamora is this with occasional shades of The Heart. Her ruthless pragmatism contrasts Peter's jokey and well-meaning antics, and she acts as the secondary lead.
- Late to the Realization: Red Skull really shouldn't have needed to explain to her why Thanos was crying.
- The Lost Lenore: After the Final Battle with Thanos, Quill is visibly still hung-up with her death.
- Man Bites Man: Or rather, woman bites anthropomorphic raccoon. Gamora does this to Rocket during the Mêlée à Trois in Guardians of the Galaxy, to the latter's outrage. Ironic considering Rocket's rap sheet mentions he himself is prone to biting.
- Mercy Kill Arrangement: She has Star-Lord promise to kill her if Thanos ever captures her. Star-Lord tries to keep his promise, but Thanos intervenes.
- Minidress of Power: Gamora wears one at the end of the first film as her new "Guardian" uniform.
- Mirror Character:
- To Loki in Infinity War. Both are adopted children who had misguided/callous father figures (Odin and Thanos) and fought against their siblings (Nebula and Thor), albeit Gamora was on the heroic side like Thor and Loki turned to evil like Nebula. Both have reconciled with their siblings before Infinity War, where both are forced to watch Thanos torture their beloved siblings unless they cough up an Infinity Stone (or the location of one). And they do just that... Which leads to both of their deaths at the hands of Thanos, while Nebula and Thor survive his direct wrath.
- Also to Vision in Infinity War. Both are at least partially cybernetic heroes (Gamora has implant markings on her face while Vision is a full-on robot) in a relationship with a human character (Peter Quill and Wanda Maximoff respectively) that's been developing over a few years when the threat of Thanos looms, which leads to them asking their lovers to kill them to stop Thanos from getting an Infinity Stone. And when Peter and Wanda are too hesitant to go through with the promise, it leads to Thanos getting what he wants, albeit with Vision getting killed much quicker than Gamora once he's in his grasp. They also happen to go out in the exact opposite way from how they planned to (and as of Endgame, are not brought back, alternate timeline versions notwithstanding). Finally, both of their lovers perish after Thanos does his almighty snap.
- Ms. Exposition: In Vol. 1, she provides an Infodump about Knowhere. In Vol. 2, there are a couple of instances of As You Know... involving her. In Infinity War, she explains Thanos's past and motives to Thor and the rest of the Guardians, and even foreshadows the Snap.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: She tells Peter to check to make sure Ego is his father and reassures him that if he turns out to be a scammer or otherwise evil then they can just kill him. On the other hand, this is never an acceptable solution when Nebula is involved.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In Vol. 2, when Nebula calls Gamora out on never letting her win when they were forced to compete by Thanos, who always forced Nebula to undergo Unwilling Roboticisation for losing, Gamora is genuinely ashamed to have failed her sister so badly for so many years. Though she does point out that she was a scared child focused on survival just like Nebula when they were young, and it wasn't fair of Nebula to expect so much from her that young.
- Nice Girl: In Vol. 2 as she's a moral compass, compassionate, selfless, and friendly after she joins Peter as the Guardians Of The Galaxy.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Thanos exploits her affection for Nebula and offers sparing her life in exchange for an Infinity Stone's location. Even with Nebula telling her not to relent, she tells Thanos where to find the Soul Stone to save her sister. This sets in motion the events that led directly to her death and the murder of half the population of the universe.
- Not So Above It All: After two movies of not dancing and showing, at best, tolerance for Peter's antics and his music, her first scene in Avengers: Infinity War has her enthusiastically singing along to Peter's mix tape.
- Offing the Offspring: What Thanos does to her, although he did it quite reluctantly. Not that this helps his case at all.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: How Gamora found the Soul Stone's location is never clarified, but it's impressive considering nobody else in the Universe knows where it is.
- Oh, Crap!:
- When Peter challenges Ronan to a dance-off, Gamora is left staring in horror, like she thinks he's gone completely insane. Thankfully, Rocket figured out what he needed to do.
- She has a particularly nasty wake up call in particular during Infinity War where, despite her insistence and long-held belief that Thanos is a monster who cares nothing about her or anyone for that matter, she finds out that's definitely not the case and he's painfully forced to make a decision between his love for her and his plan, one which she sadly loses.
- The Power of Friendship: The first of the Guardians to think of grabbing Peter during the first movie's climax and splitting the Infinity Stone's power enough to help him survive it.Gamora: I have lived most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I would be grateful to die surrounded by my friends.
- The Promise: In Infinity War, she extracts one from Peter Quill. Acting upon it is a major breaking point for him:Gamora: If things go wrong... If Thanos gets me... I want you to promise me... you'll kill me.Peter: ...What?
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Being the reasonable one, Gamora tends to call others out:
- Peter and Rocket in Vol. 2, after they barely survive the encounter with the Sovereign fleet. Gamora states that either of them could have easily evaded their pursuers had they not let their arrogance and need to outdo each other get in the way.
- Nebula after their fight on Ego. Gamora points out her one-dimensional obsession with killing her, even continuing to attack even after Gamora saved her life.
- Relationship Upgrade: During the first two Guardians films, she and Peter are clearly attracted to each other on some level, but neither are willing to state it. Then in Infinity War they mutually confess their love and share a kiss. And then she gets kidnapped and ultimately killed by Thanos.
- Save the Villain: She tries to save her adopted sister twice:
- Vol. 1: Defied when Nebula is hanging on her cybernetic hand, and Gamora reaches out to help her only for Nebula to cut off the hand and fall down.
- Vol. 2: Played straight when Gamora pulls Nebula from an exploding space shuttle only moments after the latter attempted to kill her. The two reconcile later.
- The Scapegoat: Everyone in the Kyln hates Gamora, considering her guilty by association due to what Ronan has done. Rocket initially predicts that she'll last a day at most.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: While Peter takes a while to resemble the shape of a Good Man, Gamora is most attracted to him when he proves his nobility of character and his loyalty to his loved ones.
- Slow "NO!":
- In the climax of Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora screams this during Peter's Desperate Object Catch for the Power Stone blown from Ronan's hammer that must not touch the ground.
- In Infinity War, when she slowly falls to her death after Thanos throws her off the cliff on snowy Vormir as a sacrifice for the Soul Stone.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female on the team in the first Guardians. She loses this status in the second film because Mantis joins, along with Nebula in a temporary fashion.
- Spock Speak: Speaks this way through most of Guardians of the Galaxy. It's gone by Vol. 2.
- Straight Man: She's the most levelheaded member of the Guardians, with very few personality quirks, unlike Star-Lord, Drax, Groot, and Rocket.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Gamora is distraught when she thinks she's killed Thanos, to the latter's surprise as she's made no secret of her hatred for him. Despite his troops murdering her parents along with half her planet, Thanos was a father to her.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Her initial impression of her teammates.Gamora: I'm going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.
- Take My Hand!: She says this a couple of times:
- To Nebula in the first film when the latter is about to perform a Disney Villain Death. Nebula rejects the offer.
- To Peter in the same film when he is about to be overwhelmed by the Power Stone. He does take her hand after a brief flashback of his dying mother asking him the same thing.
- Team Mom: As her teammates are a bunch of man-children she's the Only Sane Woman and can be a supportive figure when she wants. It becomes even more blatant in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 where she's very motherly to Baby Groot and Mantis.
- Tsundere: Type A towards Peter, especially in Vol. 2. She's very adamant that there is no "unspoken thing" between the two of them, despite the blindingly obvious attraction they share.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Peter. They get interrupted every time they start to get intimate, and the one time they don't Gamora shoots Peter down (and presses a knife to his throat) because she's aware of his reputation. She refuses to acknowledge their "unspoken thing", as Peter calls it, in the second film until the end. By Infinity War, they are an Official Couple, although this does not carry over into Endgame.
- Was It Really Worth It?: When Thanos succeeds in killing half the universe, a spiritual representation of Gamora as a child asks what he had to sacrifice to achieve his goal. Thanos's answer? Everything.
- Will They or Won't They?: Gamora resists going into a full blown relationship with Peter Quill for almost two films. In the end, They Do... Only for this Gamora to die and another one to take her place.
- Women Are Wiser: Is generally more level-headed than her male teammates.
- X-Ray Sparks: In the fight between Gamora and Nebula in the first film, Gamora's skull and skeleton flicker into visibility when she's painfully shocked by Nebula's electric staff.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: The first two Guardians movies are this for Gamora as she had escaped her abusive father and found a true family with the Guardians. She even patches up her relationship with Nebula and finds love with Quill. Which makes it all the more tragic when Thanos catches up to her and kills her on Vormir.
- You're Insane!: Gamora's reply to Thanos when he tells her that he genuinely believes that he helped her planet by slaughtering half of its people.
- You're Not My Father:
- By Vol. 1, she has disowned the Mad Titan as her adoptive father. She goes out of her way to emphasize this dissociation, explicitly mentioning to Drax that she's no family to Thanos (no one has mentioned Thanos; Drax is trying to kill Gamora as an indirect method of getting revenge on Ronan), and sharply backtracks when she makes a Freudian Slip in a conversation with Quill.Gamora: My father didn't stress diplomacy.
Gamora: He's not my father.
- She finally gets to say it to his face in Infinity War, when he repeatedly calls her his daughter:Gamora: Everything I hate about myself... you taught me.
- By Vol. 1, she has disowned the Mad Titan as her adoptive father. She goes out of her way to emphasize this dissociation, explicitly mentioning to Drax that she's no family to Thanos (no one has mentioned Thanos; Drax is trying to kill Gamora as an indirect method of getting revenge on Ronan), and sharply backtracks when she makes a Freudian Slip in a conversation with Quill.
Alternate 2014 Gamora
Species: Enhanced Zehoberei
Affiliation(s): Children of Thanos, Guardians of the Galaxy
Portrayed By: Zoe Saldana
Appearances: Avengers: Endgame | Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3
In an alternate timeline, Gamora, still a Child of Thanos, would join her father in attempting to conquer Earth in 2023.
- Alternate Self: In Avengers: Endgame, her 2014 self from an alternate timeline replaces her dead self in the prime timeline.
- Big "NO!": She lets one out when 2014 Nebula tries to kill her. 2023 Nebula then kills her alternate past self.
- Co-Dragons: With 2014 Nebula in Endgame, until she has a HeelFace Turn.
- Dead Alternate Counterpart: By the end of Endgame, the Gamora who died in Infinity War exists as this to the Gamora pulled from the past into the present. As she's from a time before she formed the Guardians of the Galaxy, she is completely confused about her future self's situation and runs off after the climax of the film.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: She's from 2014 who stayed in 2023 after her defection from Thanos.
- Have We Met Yet?: Seeing how she's yet to meet and fall in love with Peter Quill, she gives him a Groin Attack after he hugs her, thinking she's the same Gamora he loved resurrected.
- HeelFace Turn: In Avengers: Endgame, the 2014 timeline version of herself ends up betraying Thanos and joining the heroes after hearing from Nebula that her prime timeline counterpart had a real family in the Guardians of the Galaxy and that the two of them eventually became friends and sisters. In spite of this, she disappears after the Battle of Earth.
- Journey to Find Oneself: Heavily implied to be the reason why she goes missing after the Final Battle with Thanos.
- Last of Her Kind: A double example. Assuming that she is indeed the last Zehoberei (as was stated in Guardians 1), she's now also the last survivor of the alternate 2014 timeline to exist in the main timeline. Infinity War calls into question her status as the last of her species, however, as Thanos claims that half of her species still lives.
- Paradox Person: She's originally from 2014, living on in the main timeline from 2023 onwards (in which her prime timeline counterpart has been dead since 2018).
- Redemption Earns Life: Gamora makes a HeelFace Turn right before the final battle and fights on the side of the heroes. As revealed in a deleted scene, she's the only member of Thanos' army spared from Tony's Snap.
- Replacement Goldfish: To the Gamora that died in Infinity War, although she's noticeably different due to missing out on all of her dead counterpart's Character Development across three movies.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Unlike the other heroes of the Battle of Earth, she absconded from the battlefield and didn't bother to pay respects to Iron Man's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Sole Survivor: Given that 2014 Nebula was shot dead by prime timeline Nebula, and that Thanos and his entire army was dusted by Iron Man, and that Captain America returning the Power and Soul Stones to that version of 2014 put everything in that timeline back on course, the 2014 version of Gamora is the only surviving character that traveled from that alternate universe to the 2023 in the Prime Timeline. Judging by what happened with Iron Man's snap, the only reason that she was spared was because she was no longer working with Thanos.
- Token Good Teammate: The only non-malicious member of Thanos' forces in 2014.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Slightly, compared to the version that died in 2018. Due to missing out on her alternate counterpart's Character Development and bonding with the Guardians, she's closer in nature to being "The Deadliest Woman in the Galaxy" than the Team Mom, acts hostile to Peter Quill when he's clearly just happy to see her, and she notably ghosts on the team after the Battle of Earth. However, she still commits to a HeelFace Turn and accepts 2023 Nebula as her sister.
- Walking Spoiler: Explanations for her existence requires viewing of both Infinity War and Endgame.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Though she's seen during the final battle in Endgame, Gamora apparently disappears without a trace once it's all over without explanation as well as not shown on-screen to be killed alongside Thanos's force. Star-Lord is later seen searching for her on his map display, suggesting she's still alive and sticking around in the present day/her future. This is also shown during a deleted scene when she quietly leaves as all the other heroes are kneeling in out of respect for Tony Stark's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Her existence is one for Peter Quill in Avengers: Endgame. Sure, he knows that Gamora's alive after believing that he'd never see her again... But she has absolutely no memory of their relationship, or of her camaraderie with the other Guardians, with only Nebula's word to go off of. Her deserting the team after the battle only twists the knife further.
Species: Enhanced Zehoberei
Voiced By: N/A
Appearances: What If...?
A Variant of Gamora who dies during Ultron's genocidal quest for peace.
- Alternate Self: To the Gamora of the Sacred Timeline, coming from a universe where she's killed by Ultron on the Sovereign's home planet while trying to defend it.
- Continuity Snarl: The fact she lives long enough to be killed by Ultron is this as Thanos is depicted as having the Soul Stone which he killed Gamora to obtain in the Sacred Timeline. Of course, it's theoretically possible he sacrificed Nebula or one of his other Children.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: Instead of being murdered by her own father, she's killed by an endless wave of Ultron drones.
Species: Enhanced Zehoberei
Voiced By: Cynthia McWilliams
Appearances: What If...?
A Variant of Gamora who killed her father Thanos and allied with Iron Man in a quest to destroy the Infinity Stones.
- Advertised Extra: She was featured in a good chunk the marketing for Season 1, but due to the episode that was supposed to establish her background being delayed into Season 2 due to COVID-19 interfering with production, she only appeared in Season 1s finale, and in a minimal supporting role at that.
- Alternate Self: To the Gamora of the Sacred Timeline, coming from a universe where she killed her father Thanos.
- Bling of War: She's taken up both Thanos's double-bladed sword and even fashioned his armor to fit her smaller proportions, which makes her look far more formidable than her other Variants.
- Noodle Incident: Subverted. The episode explaining her backstory exists, but due to COVID-19 causing production setbacks, said episode was pushed into Season 2. As a result, whatever caused her to gain her father's armor and sword, and why she's working with Tony Stark and Eitri isn't explained before the Watcher comes to recruit her to fight Infinity Ultron.
- Out of Focus: Due to her episode being pushed back to Season 2, we're given almost no information about Gamora's Alternate Universe, making her the Guardian of the Multiverse with the least amount of focus.