Meteorite / Moonstone / Ms. Marvel
Dr. Karla Sofen is a founding member of the Thunderbolts and former member of the Masters of Evil. She has flirted with both sides of the law in Norman Osborn's Avengers as Ms. Marvel. She's a control freak with nearly limitless power granted her by moonstones, hence her codename.
See also her page in the Thunderbolts character sheet.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Karla is very intelligent and has a wide range of powers, but she has a tendency to overestimate her abilities, often only winning because she is working with others against particular foes and forced to acknowledge that she isn't quite as manipulative as Baron Zemo or as skilled a fighter as Photon when they manage to outmanoeuvre her in direct confrontations.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Karla tends to plot against and betray anyone all the freaking time.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In issue 12 of the first Thunderbolts series, she's the one who goes after Baron Zemo when the the Thunderbolts try to free Earth's heroes from his control. In a rare case of Reality Ensues, her Super Strength and his lack of a pre-established edge means that she effortlessly handles him; she crushes his hand so badly the bones are described as snapping like twigs, breaks his jaws, pulverizes three of his teeth, and crumples his ribcage.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Whilst handing out her Curb-Stomp Battle to Baron Zemo, she furiously berates him for his lack of imagination, declaring the Thunderbolts to have been a scam that could have profited them for years, but which he wasted on one single doomed-to-fail scheme.
- Evil Counterpart: After already having been Ms. Marvel, Karla is put into Captain Marvel's costume, making her baffled at how much people want her to be this to Carol Danvers.
- Fatal Flaw: Sloth. Karla always takes the easiest option, even when it could come back down the road to bite her. After the redemption-seeking Thunderbolts turn on Zemo, she uses her position as leader to make several decisions that grant them the momentary victory, but which could clearly come back to bite them, such as her actions on Kosmos and against Graviton. This results in the rest of the Thunderbolts calling her out on this failing, and ends in issue 20 of the original run, where everyone agrees that this trait of hers makes her unsuited to be their leader.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She started out as just a henchperson for Doctor Faustus. She's come a looong way since.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: At one point, she actually did try to go straight. It didn't last.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On Occasion; for instance she WAS genuinely saddened when Jolt was murdered despite the fact that Jolt wasn't overly fond of her.
- Lack of Empathy: She outright swore as a youth she'd always put herself first. She's generally held to that.
- Legacy Character: There was another Moonstone before Karla. Karla messed with his head, then took the moonstone for herself.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Unsurprisingly, Karla generally used her degree in psychology to screw with people, causing several of her patients to kill themselves.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In a rare slip-up from her, Karla let slip that Norman Osborn was a villain, and his Dark Avengers team consisted entirely of villains, to Noh-Varr, turning the Kree against Norman.
- Not Me This Time: During the Ellis run, Moonstone ran into Songbird's on-the-wagon mother just after she'd had an argument with Melissa. Very soon, Melissa's mother was found dead, from drunk driving. Later on, Norman Osborn asked if Karla was responsible for this.Norman: Did you kill her?Karla: Did you?(awkward pause)Norman: ... Well, then.
- Psycho Psychologist: Sofen is practically the ur-example for the Marvel Universe. She used to enjoy convincing suicidal patients to kill themselves.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She actively encouraged her teammates to reform and sided with them when they turned against Zemo, not because she was noble, but because, as explained above, she felt pretending to be heroes was more profitable and comfortable than Zemo's idiotic scheme to Take Over the World.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Her epic chewing out of Baron Zemo for blowing their cover as the Masters of Evil during her Curb-Stomp Battle with him in issue 12 of the original run:Meteorite:Let me explain something, Zemo. Let me tell you why I undermined your leadership at every turn. I've got a pretty simple philosophy of life. You want to hear it? It's this: Don't. Get. CAUGHT! Oh, I was stupid at first - I thought my powers made me invincible... so I ended up getting a record, getting caught. I was willing to ride it out, serve my sentence and start anew — but you press-ganged me into your scheme, and there went that. Still, it was a good scheme — posing as heroes — and we made it work. We had it all — public support, adulation; the perfect cover to pull any number of scams — and you went and blew it over just one! Who CARES about ruling the world?! Who wants to do that much WORK? We could have run this con out for years before it got old! But no, you couldn't be smart — not when you could play Hitler like your idiot father!
- The Starscream: Karla's greatest ambition is to be the one in charge - as much as she likes messing with peoples' heads for fun, it's pursuit of power that drives her manipulations and treachery first and foremost.
- Stripperiffic: She hated having to play Ms. Marvel for Norman, muttering angrily about Carol's old, revealing outfit.