Gamora is a Marvel Comics character created by Jim Starlin, first showing up in Strange Tales #180 (dated June 1975).
The last of the Zen-Whoberis race, Gamora is the adoptive child of Thanos, raised to defeat The Magus. It was during this time in her life that Gamora became known as "the deadliest woman in the whole galaxy", and exacted revenge on The Church of Universal Truth, who'd been responsible for the genocide of her people.
After working with Adam Warlock to stop his older version, Gamora realized the true evil of her adoptive father's ways, and teamed up with Captain Marvel, Warlock, and future Guardian Drax the Destroyer to take him down. When Thanos mortally wounds Gamora and her allies in in battle, Warlock absorbed their souls into his Soul Gem, where they existed in a realm called Soulworld.
Gamora and her friends lived there in peace together for some time —until the events of The Infinity Gauntlet— in which Thanos finally completed his quest to form the titular object, using it to remove Gamora from existence. After Nebula restored her into being with the Gauntlet, Warlock soon gained its possession, starting to go mad with power because of it. For this reason, the Living Tribunal decided that each of the Infinity Gems must be spread among Gamora and some others, ultimately calling them the Infinity Watch. Gamora was given keep of the Time Gem — she couldn't consciously use the thing, but it did give her sporadic precognitive dreams and visions.
When Gamora left the Infinity Watch, she returned to being a mercenary. Her quasi-romantic relationship with Adam Warlock then became official, and they ran off together to a pocket dimension.
Gamora wouldn't return to prominence for many years after that, until the Annihilation story of the early Naughts helped reinvigorate Marvel's cosmic line of characters and comics. Now possessing a sword called The Godslayer, Gamora had since left Warlock to be on her own, leading a group of female warriors called The Graces. She'd also entered a relationship with Richard Rider, better known as Nova at the time.
Soon afterward, Gamora becomes a member of the new Guardians of the Galaxy, working with characters like Drax the Destroyer and Star-Lord. This is perhaps what's she best known for among recent comic readers, and has been a core member of the team since their inception in 2008.
With the Marvel NOW! initiative, Gamora (and her fellow Guardians) were further implemented into the greater Marvel Universe, receiving a new volume of their book while also featuring in titles like Avengers Assemble, and a crossover called The Trial of Jean Grey had them meet the X-Men. She also became acquainted with Angela during this time, and enjoyed a brief sexual relationship with Tony Stark when he joined the Guardians for a spell. An issue of Guardians Team-Up saw Gamora team-up Marvel's other preeminent green woman, She-Hulk.
Gamora emerged as a major player of the Black Vortex story —yet another crossover with the X-Men— where she let herself submit to the titular artifact, gaining cosmically-enhanced powers in the process; she was one of the few who didn't relinquish their new powers at the story's end.
Shortly before the incursion between Earth-616 and Earth-1610, Gamora left the Guardians when her cosmic abilities sensed impending doom. During Secret Wars, she starred in the limited series Guardians of Knowhere, in which Gamora served as a watcher of Knowhere, otherwise known as Battleworld's moon.
As part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel universe that emerged from Secret Wars, Gamora headlined her first ongoing title, note had a brief role in the new volume of Contest of Champions and making guest appearances with the Guardians in the meantime.
In the 2018 Crisis Crossover Infinity Wars she takes the codename Requiem and starts the series off by killing Thanos.
Gamora also appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, played there by Zoe Saldana. She first appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, and the film's runaway success has guaranteed a full trilogy of films; a sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was released in 2017, with a likely threequel to follow in 2020. Given her ties to Thanos —the MCU's big bad— she appears in Avengers: Infinity War.
Gamora appears in:
- Warlock by Jim Starlin (1975-1977)
- The Infinity Gauntlet vol. 1 (1991)
- Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992 — 1995)
- Annihilation (2006)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2008 — present):
- vol. 2 (2008 — 2010)
- vol. 3 (2013 — 2015)
- vol. 4 (2015 — present)
- Guardians of Knowhere (2015)
- Contest of Champions vol. 2 (2015)
- Gamora (2016 — 2017)
- All-New Guardians of The Galaxy (2017)
- Planet Hulk (cameo; 2010)
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (2014 — present), played by Zoe Saldana:
- Silver Surfer (1998)
- Disney XD's Marvel Universe franchise (2013 — present):
- Super Hero Squad Online (2011)
- Marvel: Avengers Alliance (2012)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2013)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017)
- Marvel Heroes (2014)
- Marvel Puzzle Quest (2014)
- Marvel: Contest of Champions (2014)
- Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2014)
- Marvel Future Fight (2015)
- Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series (2017)
- Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (2017)
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (2019)
Gamora provides examples of:
- Absolute Cleavage: It took her awhile to get used to the concept of underwear, one of many results being this trope when she wasn't suited up for battle.
- The Ace: She retained the Black Vortex upgrade longer than almost everyone else, making her a contender for the most powerful affiliate of any team that would associate with her.
- Action Girl: Action woman by now, but she was trained to fight since she was a girl, and if Gamora is in close quarters combat with anything, be it a robot, a pirate in a suit of powered armor, a frost giant or a herald of Galactus, she can be expected to win.
- Action Heroine: Gamora's response to most problems is to cut them to pieces. When violence cannot get her what she wants, or turns out to actively hinder her, she can be a little awkward.
- Always Someone Better: She is that someone for Nebula. Nebula's greatest desire is to be feared, and she claims relations to infamous killers like Thanos to help that along. Thanos only humors Nebula when it is convenient to him however, while he legitimately views Gamora as his daughter and will gladly help spread her reputation as most dangerous woman in the galaxy/universe because he is so proud. Nebula has cybernetic implants, but while they do enhance her strength a bit their main function is to keep her alive and in her right mind. They triple as a mark of shame from her past failures. Gamora's cybernetics are purely to increase her killing potential and boost her far more than Nebula's do. Even when Nebula has been able to close the gap in their physical ability with things like the Coven trials, even when she has been able to physically surpass Gamora with things like the armor from Stellaris, her fighting skills and instincts lag so far behind that it doesn't matter.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Gamora fell for Adam Warlock after learning he was a very different person than the Magus. Warlock did not reciprocate her feelings until she quit the Infinity Watch and he ended up realizing he loved her while trying to get her to return.
- Amazon Brigade: Her Graces during Annihilation. They split up afterward. But not before Nebula tried to turn them on Gamora.
- Ambiguously Bi: Although she definitely had been involved with men like Richard Rider, Adam Warlock, and Tony Stark; she also has quite a few of moments with Angela:Intercom voice: Will you marry me?
Angela: You're too short, Rocket.
Intercom voice: This is Gamora.
Angela: I'll consider it.
- Amicable Exes: With Adam Warlock. And usually with Richard Rider, though she was angered when he invited her to a private place and didn't want to sleep with her.
- Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: She primarily uses swords in combat.
- Awesome, but Temporary: While on the war path to destroy Thanos when she was empowered by the Black Vortex, she was the first to find out that the power it grants is limited and runs out the more it's used. Soon, she used it for the last time and went back to her usual power levels.
- Badass Cape: A Gamora mainstay, up until vol 3 of Guardians of the Galaxy. The clasps look like skulls.
- Battle Couple: With Richard Rider during the Annihilation War. Their relationship ended after Gamora killed a bunch of Kree collaborators whom Richard wanted interrogated for information.
- Boobs of Steel: During the 2000s she was drawn as quite buxom.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: Several would be boxers challenged The Champion Of The Universe to save a planet he conquered, but She-Hulk was the only one who did badly enough to get the people she was trying to save to boo her. Gamora took pity on her, and decided to teach She-Hulk how to fight.
- Boyish Short Hair: Very briefly, after recovering from being burn to a crisp, because her hair took slightly longer to grow back than the rest of her.
- Cool Sword: Wielded one during and after Annihilation, named Godslayer - fitting, as it was designed (and has been used to) kill gods and beings more powerful than them in the Marvel Universe. When Thanos is brought back to life to battle the Cancerverse, the sword shatters on him.
- Combat Pragmatist: If the situation calls for it, Gamora will fight fair, and she rarely needs to fight dirty simply because her skill and cybernetic implants let her finish hand to hand encounters as soon as they start. But she's not above calling for a run in if things start going south.
- Combat Stilettos: In her original outfit. Averted since vol 3 of Guardians.
- Curtains Match the Window: And the wall possibly. Depending on the Artist she might have green hair, eyes and skin.
- Cyborg: Gamora has cybernetics courtesy of her father, Thanos, who realized that her natural bilogical limits prevented Gamora from becoming the killing machine he desired her to be.
- The Corrupter: Devondra invaded the soul gem in order to feed on the souls that lied within, and ended up turning the paradisaical world within that drove enemies to live in peace, into something much worse. It also influenced Gamora and Drax to turn against each other and the other Guardians Of The Galaxy
- Demonic Possession: While on a mission to please Mistress Death by killing half of all life in the universe, Thanos destroyed the bodies of Gamora, Adam Warlock and Pip The Rock Troll, but the soul gem, a component of "the infinity gauntlet" Thanos was trying to build, had a will of its own and decided to preserve their souls to prevent them from truly dying. In an attempt to stop Thanos, their souls then possessed three people. Gamora inhabiting a woman named Bambi Long.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: The reason she joined the Guardians in the first place: After getting abandoned by the cosmic higher-ups, Gamora was looking for something to do with her life, and felt so low she actually enjoyed part of being inducted into the Phalanx because she had a purpose.
- The Dreaded
- She isn't called the most dangerous woman in the galaxy for nothing.
- After steamrolling through some of the hardest hitting bricks on Earth, Gamora suddenly paused, seriously doubting her chances in a boxing match with The Thing that took on The Champion Of The Universe with the power gem and made him back off. She didn't forfeit though, she had a teammate provide a distraction so she could disable The Thing with pressure point strikes.
- Enemy Mine: The Graces had very little in common, and mainly stayed together because of the universal threat that was the Annihilation Wave. When the fleet was foiled, the team broke up behind Gamora's back when Nebula convinced them she had abandoned them while Gamora had taken an off world trip.
- Facial Markings: Gamora sports some under her eyes. These are actually make-up, not tattoos, and as such are occasionally colorcoordinated with her outfit.
- Genocide Survivor
- She is the last member of the Zen Whoberian species. After her people were exterminated by the Universal Church of Truth, she was adopted by Thanos and trained as a deadly assassin.
- The 616 timeline was once alterted to remove, among other things, the Universal Church Of Truth's attempt to drive the Zen Whoberian species into extinction. Gamora had little preference for this "improved" timeline since she was still seemingly the last of her kind as the Badoon species, who attempted to drive hers to extinction, and had much more success than they had in the original timeline.
- Good Counterpart: Her cybernetic enhancements were intended to make her equal to the android..."artificially created human" Adam Warlock in every way. Luckily for Warlock it was his evil counterpart, The Magus, she was designed to kill.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Once got set on fire by being too close to a star. It took a few months for her to heal.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Greenness may vary. Sometimes it's more a pale olive colour. Regardless, her skin is the only consistently non human thing about her, at a glance, and there have been human men, plus a psuedo angel female, who did not mind it.
- HeelFace Turn:
- First during the 70's, when she realized Thanos was not being genuine when he claimed to want to help Adam Warlock by having her guard him but was having her act as a spy.
- Then before Annihilation, where she forsook her family to rebuild her reputation as the most deadly woman in the universe, but threw that aside for the sake of saving the universe from the Annihilation Wave.
- Again after Annihilation, when she joins the Phalanx invasion of a kree inhabited planet but ultimately finds what she was trying to find in the Phalanx with the Guardians Of The Galaxy.
- Yet again after recovering the Soul Stone, coming to terms with the horrible things she had done to get it back, and trying to make up for it.
- Heel Realization: Since Thanos helped her get what she wanted and the end of the Magus reign would be for the good of the masses, she never considered that Thanos himself is what the masses would consider evil. The fact that only acts of kindness Thanos showed her were building her a powerful body and teaching her how to kill, that he was otherwise borderline abusive, did nothing to shake Gamora's loyalty to him. Only after observing Adam Warlock's conflict with Thanos di she realize Thanos was also someone who needed to be detained for the good of everyone else.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: She is skilled with every kind of weapon but she uses mostly swords.
- Hitman with a Heart: It's buried under layers of sarcasm and cold-blooded ruthlessness, but it's there. She saved worlds from Drax, pro bono, and then tried to comfort him for getting too rough later.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: When empowered by the Black Vortex, her Badass Cape becomes a hooded cloak of star-filled darkness called an "infinicloak" she can pull any number of blades weapons out if.
- I Know Kung-Fu: Among other forms of martial arts, all in the name of killing anything she runs into.
- Interspecies Adoption: After Adam Warlock returns her love, the two adopt a child...that turns out to be the Cosmic Entity Atleza.
- Interspecies Romance: With Adam Warlock and Nova (Richard Rider).
- Is That What They're Calling It Now?: Why, yes, she does have "operational knowledge" of Richard Rider.
- Jerkass Realization: She had to reign in Drax The Destroyer from compulsively destroying planets during her time in the Infinity Watch. Whether or not she had to be so violent about it was an open question, but destroying planets is kind of a big deal, so no one called her out on it. Thing is, she kept "beating up on" Drax whenever she got frustrated and he was around, even after he started behaving himself, even when he was trying to help her, misguided as his attempts may have been. When Drax threw a temper tantrum and tried to quit the watch, she took responsibility for it.
- Last of Her Kind: Last of the Zen Whoberians. Or, she will be. Either way, she's not concerned about it, not about being the last. If she comes across one of the people responsible for her being the last though, she'll show a great deal of care.
- Lady of War: She is much more reserved and aloof than most other characters in her "weight class", such as Binary, Hela, Power Pricess or Stardust, and though her first reflex to stress is often a violent one, she will sometimes try to reign herself in, make amends and show proper manners or etiquette.
- Laughing Mad: Gamora really, really hates the Universal Church of Truth. When stuck on one of their worlds, facing an army of their best troops, she just slaughtered her way through them, the ones who survived what happened after would recount she'd been laughing.
- Legacy Character: In the 100th Anniversary Special, she takes up the mantle of Star-Lord.
- Mad Titan's Beautiful Daughter: She's the adopted daughter of Thanos. Thanos is not her biological father but he is the mad scientist responsible for her superpowers.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Devondra has spider legs and spinnerettes, octopus tentacles, frog fingers, lizard claws, crocodillian teeth and human like arms.
- The Mole: She was secretly completing missions for The Grand Master while claiming to be helping the Guardians Of The Galaxy after The Grandmaster told her he could get her the Soul Gem, which she became convinced had not released all of her soul. Star-Lord knew she was after the soul gem, but didn't realize just how badly she wanted it. The Guardians eventually relented and aided Gamora in her gem hunt after her The Grandmaster was revealed to be in conflict with The Collector but then abandoned her when she attacked Adam Warlock to get the soul gem, which he was hiding because it was getting "hungry".
- Monochromatic Eyes: Depending on the artist.
- More Deadly Than the Male: More ruthless than anyone on the Guardians save for perhaps Drax. While she and Richard were dating this was a source of conflict between the two of them and ultimately lead to their break up. He wanted to interrogate war criminals, she wanted to kill them.
- Ms. Fanservice: A Green-Skinned Space Babe whose original outfits sported a massive open cleavage and was prone to tons◊ of Male Gaze, specially during Annihilation.
- The Musketeer: She prefers knives and swords, but Gamora recognizes the merits of firearms and is competent in their use.
- Noodle Incident: Exactly what happened to her before Annihilation is unclear. The only mention is she was "spurned" by the cosmic higher-ups, and wound up on Gothab Omega. It is also implied that the businessman Glorian, who himself was working for the shaper of worlds, was manipulated Gamora and Ronan The Accuser for the purpose of creating a world of his own until The Annihilation Wave forced them all to work together. Still, she makes no attempt to return to her "husband" Warlock nor "child" Atleza once Glorian and Annihilus are out of the picture. She instead hooks up with the last Nova.
- Not Brainwashed: Nova works with the Technarch Tyro to free Gamora from the Phalanx, only to learn that Gamora didn't want to be freed. She then keeps trying to live like a member of the Phalanx despite being cured of the infection...until she finds The Guadians Of The Galaxy.
- One Green Woman Army: She isn't called the deadliest woman in the galaxy just because it sounds cool. She's is one of the most skilled martial artists in Marvel lore, capable of defeating large numbers of enemies by herself as shown in Warlock and the Infinity Watch. However, she wasn't this at first. She specifically trained for handling multiple opponents after receiving a gang beating...and gang rape.
- Palette Swap: Her Guardians outfit is just her previous outfit done up in the team's colours (i.e. blue with red trimming, as opposed to her previous dark green with yellow trimming).
- Pressure Point: Gamora is capable of this. She can find them even on people who have irregular anatomy, such as The Thing. According to Thanos, he's the only one who could survive such a move.
- Rape as Backstory: As Gamora's skill and reputation as a martial artist grew, Thanos decided to put her to the test. While on a trip, he set up a series of events that lead to Gamora coming into conflict with a group of Thugs, whom eventually overwhelmed her through sheer numbers and decided to rape her. This resulted in Thanos killing them as revenge and rebuilding Gamora to be more powerful.
- The Red Baron: "The Deadliest Woman In the Universe", "Requiem"
- She-Fu: Gamora often fights with a graceful yet deadly style. She's done a flipping vault over Maxam's head while holding a polearm twice her height. Not the way a polevaulter would but looking down on him, searching for "weak points" with stabs where she thought she was out of his reach.
- Sideboob: Commonly showed them off during the 2000s.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Her outfit during Annihilation and Conquest featured a skull belt buckle and skull cape straps.
- Sour Supporter: Snarky and derisive though she is, she is a dedicated member of the Guardians, as getting herself horrifically burnt proved.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's 6 feet tall.
- Strong and Skilled: Gamora is considered The Deadliest Woman In The Galaxy for good reason. She possesses incredible strength, speed, agility, endurance and healing thanks to cybernetic enhancements bestowed on her by Thanos and is versed in various forms of armed and unarmed combat.
- Stripperific: The infamous fishnet bodysuit, though the Bendis series dropped this.
- Thong of Shielding: Her costume is depicted this way in the early issues of Nova v. 4 (and to a lesser extent in Guardians of the Galaxy).
- Took a Level in Badass: After empowered by the Black Vortex. While benefitting from it, she is arguably the strongest character on the team.
- Tranquil Fury: She often fails, but knows about this trope and tries to use it. She told Maxam the first rule of combat was cooler heads usually prevailing.
- Tyke-Bomb: Raised to kill the Magus. When he finally takes over Adam Warlock, her attempts to stop him fail, and she appears to die.
- The Unfettered: Part of what scared Richard Rider out of a relationship with her, after witnessing Gamora summarily execute several traitors during the Annihilation War.
- Vapor Wear: It took her awhile to get used to underwear, and still is often drawn without it
- Verbal Tic: Refers to Richard Rider as "Richard-Human". Given she doesn't do the same for anyone else, this is probably to annoy him. Then it's revealed in vol. 3 that her full name is Gamora Zen Whoberi Ben Titan. As she is Gamora Zen Whoberi and calls Nova "Richard-Human", it may be a cultural affectation of her species.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She went after Maxam with a Blade on a Stick when he traveled to the past to kill the "larval form" of The Magus.
- Worlds Greatest Warrior: Is considered to be the deadliest woman in the galaxy. She-Hulk is of the opinion that Gamora's better in at least some aspects of barehanded combat than Captain America, who consistently ranks in the single digits among Earth's best fighters, if behind the likes of Shang Chi and The Mandarin.