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|Alias(es)|| Daughter of Thanos|
|Appeared in|| Guardians of the Galaxy|
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Avengers: Infinity War
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
|Status|| Deceased (Prime timeline)|
Alive (altered timeline)
|Actor|| Zoe Saldana|
- "For the entire time I've known him, Thanos only ever had one goal. To wipe out half the universe. And with the Infinity Stones, he could do it, with only a snap of his fingers."
Gamora was a Zehoberi member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as the only female in the group.
In order to get the Soul Stone, Gamora was sacrificed by Thanos on Vormir. Though the Avengers succeeded in restoring all of those Thanos disintegrated with the Infinity Stones, the original Gamora remains dead as she was killed before Thanos used the Stones. However, during the conflict a Gamora from 2014 was transported to 2023 and remains alive in that time period.
At some point in her life, Gamora was adopted by Thanos who took her under his wing and claimed her as his "favorite daughter." According to Gamora, Thanos killed her parents in front of her, abducted her from her home planet, tortured her and turned her into a weapon in order to train her as a Galaxy-Class assassin alongside her adopted sister the Luphomoid known as Nebula.
Upon reaching adulthood, Gamora and Nebula sought the Orb for Thanos. While following a false lead on the Orb, Nebula found herself ensnared by an impenetrable Laser Thorn Energy Net. Under Thanos' orders, Gamora left Nebula behind, leaving her with only a large knife to cut herself out of the netting.
Gamora traveled to Xandar and attacked Quill, who was at the moment being hunted by Rocket after being rejected by the Broker. As she attempted to steal the Orb, an extended quarrel broke out resulting in Gamora, Rocket, an injured Groot, and an unconscious Quill being apprehended by Nova Corps police ships and ordered to be sent to the Kyln by Saal. Upon hearing of Gamora's imprisonment, Ronan declared her a traitor to a disappointed Thanos, who ordered Ronan to retrrieve both Gamora and the Orb with his life as payment for failure.
Upon arrival at the Kyln, Gamora was immediately recognized by several of the prisoners, all of whom resented her for being associated with Ronan, who ruined many of their lives and caused the death of their loved ones. She was later attacked by a vengeful Drax when Rocket and Quill interrupted, the latter being able to persuade Drax to join them in a quest to eliminate Ronan.
The following day, Rocket hatched a four-step plan to escape the Kyln and stop Ronan. Groot accidentally caused the near capture of the five, but Rocket managed to shut down the prison's electrical systems and incite a brawl. During the commotion, Quill retrieved a prisoner's prosthetic leg, as Gamora retrieved a guard's cybernetic remote. Rocket made his way to the watchtower's control room and Drax fought several Kyln guards and security drones.
When all of the components were retrieved, the Guardians escaped, although momentarily halted by Quill, who went back to retrieve his Walkman from an alien guard. When the group arrived at Knowhere to let The Collector examine the Orb, Gamora ordered an appointment through Carina as Drax and Rocket got drunk and gambled in a nearby bar.
Gamora then questioned the importance of Quill's Walkman, prompting a gentle discussion that was quickly ended when she rejected Quill's advances. When the group was called into the sanctuary, The Collector elaborated on the Orb's power as an Infinity Gem until Carina attempted to kill herself and the Collector, resulting in a massive explosion.
Matters got worse when Ronan responded to a drunken call from Drax, as well as Quill's surrogate parent Yondu Udonta. Gamora, Quill and Rocket boarded mining crafts and took down several of Ronan's fighters until Nebula caught up to them and destroyed Gamora's pod to retrieve the Orb, leaving her adoptive sister in space for dead. As Rocket headed back to the station, Quill risked his own life to save Gamora, allowing Yondu to abduct them. Yondu prepared to kill Quill when Gamora suggested a plan, eventually leading into the Ravagers joining the Guardians and planning an attack to stop Ronan's genocidal assault on Xandar.
Drax, Groot, Quill and Gamora flew a Ravager ship into the Dark Astor where Gamora attempted to deactivate control room's defenses until she was encountered by Nebula A viscious fight ensued, during which Gamora begged Nebula to help the Guardians fight Ronan, but Nebula chose to reject Gamora's pleas and cut her hand from the rest of her altered body to escape the fight. Quill, Gamora, Drax, and Groot tried to attack Rona, but he had been rendered nearly invincible thanks to the power of the Orb. Depsite Rocket and the Nova Corps' best efforts, the Astor eventually went down.
As the ship descended, Groot formed a nest around the Guardians and sacrificed himself; the Guardians survived the crash only to be met by Ronan, who was distracted by Quill long enough for Drax to destroy his warhammer. The Guardians then proceeded to finally kill him by sharing the Orb's energy among one another, channeling it into Ronan and imploding him.
After the Guardians were honored by the Nova Corps, Gamora, in a new outfit, finally called Quill by his "hero" name as the group took off into the stars.
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After Nebula and James Rhodes traveled back in time to 2014 to retrieve the Power Stone before Peter Quill, Nebula's implants interfaced with those of her 2014 self as Thanos prepared to send Gamora and Nebula to Ronan. Through the connection between the Nebulas, Thanos was able to learn of his future self's fate and success and captured the future Nebula. Nebula, knowing Gamora's hatred for her father, attempted to turn Gamora against Thanos early by telling her that Thanos sacrificed her future self to get the Soul Stone, but was interrupted before she can finish.
After the 2014 Nebula transported Thanos and his army to the present, Gamora visited Nebula to ask her about their relationship in the future. After Nebula admitted that she tried to kill Gamora but they became sisters in the end, Gamora freed Nebula to help stop Thanos. Nebula and Gamora rescued Clint Barton from the 2014 Nebula and tried to convince her to change sides. The younger Nebula refused and was shot dead by her older self when she turned her gun on Gamora. During the battle, Gamora saved the life of a shocked Peter Quill who mistook her for the Gamora he knew, eliciting a violent response from her. Having learned of their relationship, Gamora was left incredulous that she chose Quill, leading Nebula to comment that it was a choice between Quill and a tree.
After the battle, the 2014 Gamora disappeared. With the present day Gamora having died before Thanos used the Infinity Stones, she was not restored along with everyone else. Quill vowed to find the Gamora from 2014.
Gamora is in many ways a warrior at heart. She is strong-willed, determined, and resourceful. She carries herself with the dignity of a true warrior, but she is also a bit of a lone wolf due to her upbringing.She is slow to make friends and doesn't trust easily. Initially, she found many of her teammates very strange, but after their adventures together, she finds herself to be finally in the company of friends, a fact in which she takes great comfort. For those who earn her trust, she is a steadfast stalwart, She tends to be the most level-headed of the Guardians, as well as very perceptive.
While Gamora places a great emphases on honor and cannot stand cowardice, she is capable of great mercy, truly amazing considering how little she was cared for growing up. For example, she tried to spare Nebula from Ronan's influence multiple times, begging her to see reason and help her fight Ronan. She appears to suffer from a fear of failure, as she reassures Ronan that she has never failed at any task he has given her before. A selfless person at the core, Gamora asks Quill to take her hand when he takes the Orb from Ronan, knowing that the raw power within it would cause her great pain.
It is unknown just how extensive Gamora's abilities are. Because she is the last of her kind, it is difficult to tell which of Gamora's skills can be attributed to the genetic experimentation she endured at the hands of Ronan and her subsequent training afterward, and which are typical of a Zendonian. She is undoubtedly a master assassin and fighter, able to beat almost any opponent and escape danger through her physical strength alone. She is also a master strategist, able to think on her feet and use her wits to escape any danger that presents itself. She is adept in several technologies, as she can fly planes, escape pods, and possesses extensive knowledge of the inner workings of complex spacecraft.
- Godslayer: Gamora's weapon of choice, is a retractable sword.
- Peter Quill/Star-Lord - Boyfriend and team leader.
- Drax - Teammate.
- Groot - Teammate.
- Rocket - Teammate.
- Mantis - Teammate.
- Yondu Udonta - Ally turned teammate; deceased.
- Thor - Ally.
- Thanos - Adoptive father and former master; deceased.
- Ronan - Ally turned enemy; deceased.
- Ego - Enemy; deceased.
- Nebula - Adopted sister turned enemy turned ally.
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (5 films)
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (2 comics)
Behind the scenes
- Before Zoe Saldana was cast Gamora, Olivia Wilde turned down the role, while Gina Carano, Rachel Nichols, Elizabeth Banks and Adrianne Palicki auditioned.
- To pull off Ganora's distinctive appearance, Saldana used full body makeup rather than CGI or motion-capture technologies. All three of these methods were used to portray Saldana's character Nyteri in the Avatar film.
- At one point in the film, Gamora wore Star-Lord's helmet in order to provide her with life-saving oxygen. This is actually a reference to the Marvel comics, in which Gamora takes over as leader for some time.
- Gamora is known as the "Most Dangerous Woman in the Galaxy".
- Gamora is the last of the Zendonian race; her home planet was destroyed by Ronan in one of his purges.
- She seems to enjoy music, as she dances slightly and says "the melody is pleasant" when Star-Lord lends her his Walkman.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Promotion, Filming and Concept Art
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Promotion, Filming and Concept Art
Avengers: Infinity War
Promotion, Concept art, and Filming