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.
- 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
- Action Girl: Action Woman, thank you.
- Amazon Brigade: Her Graces during Annihilation. They split up afterward.
- 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.
- 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 Stilettos: In her original outfit. Averted since vol 3 of Guardians.
- 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.
- 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.
- HeelFace Turn: First during the 70's and then after Annihilation.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Last of Her Kind: Last of the Zen Whoberians. Or, she will be. Either way, she's not concerned about it, at all.
- Lady of War
- 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.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Depending on the artist.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Rape as Backstory: While on a trip, she underwent this by a group of thugs, which resulted in Thanos killing them as revenge and rebuilding her to be more powerful.
- The Red Baron: "The Deadliest Woman In the Universe".
- 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.
- Stripperific: 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. After it, she's now arguably the strongest character on the team.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.