MCU Gamora Respect Thread [Updated 10/21/18]

"Whatever nightmares the future holds, are dreams compared to what's behind me."

Gamora is a former assassin and a current member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. She became the adopted daughter of Thanos after he killed her entire race and served him for many years before betraying him in an attempt to free herself. On a mission to retrieve the Orb, an Infinity Stone, Gamora crossed paths with Peter Quill, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Drax the Destroyer and through a common interest of self-preservation, the group decided to join together to prevent Ronan the Accused from gaining the Orb and gaining unimaginable power. Through this ordeal, the group slowly became friends and officially joined together after defeating Ronan, becoming the Guardians of the Galaxy as Ronan had proclaimed them.

This thread will be divided into the following sections:

  • Skill/Training
  • Enhancements
  • Strength
  • Speed
  • Durability/Endurance
  • Equipment

Skill/Training

"Then I found you. And at my side, you became the fiercest woman in the galaxy." -- Thanos

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James Gunn, director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, says Gamora is an assassin:

"Gamora, who's the daughter of Thanos, she's about as bad as bad can get. She's an assassin, and compassion is not something that she has learned."

Source: Guardians of the Galaxy Featurette - Gamora and Nebula (2014) - Karen Gillan Marvel Adventure HD

Zoe Saldana, the actress who portrays Gamora, says she's a stealth assassin who's ruthless, lethal, and rough:

"Gamora is this stealth assassin, she's relentless, she's lethal, she's rough."

Source: Guardians of the Galaxy Featurette - Gamora (2014) - Zoe Saldana Movie HD

As a former Child of Thanos, Gamora was trained and turned into a killer by the Mad Titan, who is described as being unbeatable in combat:

Joe Russo - “They’re very important, they’re an extension of Thanos, they are the Children of Thanos, he is like Genghis Khan, he’s a conqueror of worlds and he’s been doing it for millennium, and as he goes from planet to planet destroying just half the planet, half the life on the planet, he then collects orphans and turns them into killers.”

Anthony Russo - “Like Gamora and Nebula”.

Source: 'Avengers: Infinity War': The Russo Brothers address the importance of the Black Order in the movie

“Very difficult character, he is a genetic mutation born on a planet called Titan, and he is a world conqueror, he’s like the Genghis Khan of the universe, he’s an incredibly well trained fighter, he’s unbeatable in combat, he’s got nearly invincible skin that’s part of his genetic mutation, he’s incredibly strong, he’s stronger than the Hulk, genius level intelligence, very difficult villain to beat and it’s gonna cost the heroes a lot to try and beat him.”

Source: Interview Joe Russo & Anthony Russo AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

(Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude #01, 2014) Gamora has been training under Thanos for years and did so alongside her adopted sister, Nebula. The two of them trained for years to be Thanos' servant in what Nebula recalled as "grueling" and "punishing", and from the flashback we see Gamora and Nebula balancing on one leg on a thin rock spire, using swords in sparring matches and swinging and climbing up ropes over what appears to be creatures willing to eat them if they would fall:

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(Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude #01, 2014) On one of their training missions, Gamora and Nebula were tasked with finding and retrieving a data ingot on an arboreal world of trees that reached all the way up to the sky. Gamora engages Nebula in knife combat, showing she has been trained to use a knife as well as a sword, and although she is knocked off-balance and is left hanging on a ledge, she tricks Nebula into helping her and pulls her off the ledge, forcing her to fall to the ground:

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(Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude #01, 2017) Gamora implies that she's never failed a mission to Ronan:

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(Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude #01, 2017) Gamora has been trained as a living weapon:

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Thanos would repeatedly pit Gamora against Nebula in training when they were younger and Gamora would always win and every time Nebula lost, Thanoes would replace a flesh and bone piece of her with machinery. As you can see from the two of them, Gamora didn't lose:

Enhancements

"I'm a warrior, an assassin. I don't dance." -- Gamora

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Gamora has cybernetic appendage enhancements, ocular and respiratory enhancements, and an enhanced neurological system:

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-- Source: Meet the Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora

Strength

"Touch me, and the only thing you're gonna feel is a broken jaw." -- Gamora

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Gamora breaks out of Groot's branches then throws Rocket a considerable distance:

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Gamora throws a knife more than 30 feet to hit Star-Lord in the hand and make him drop the Orb. Also doubles as an accuracy feat:

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Gamora easily lands after jumping down at least one story:

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Gamora cuts off Groot's arms with her sword:

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Gamora knocks out a prison guard with a punch and then jumps a decent distance to double kick another:

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Gamora then knocks out more guards, taking away one of their riot shields and proceeding to wrap her leg around a guard's arm before breaking it:

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Gamora jumps a large distance onto another walkway:

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Gamora hooks her leg around Nebula's staff and brings it down:

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Gamora jumps an incredible distance to cut the abilisk and kill it:

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Gamora lifts up a large cannon, hefts it on her shoulder, hotwires the firing controls, and then keeps the weapon balanced on her shoulder while she fires and walks towards Nebula's crashed ship:

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Speed

"We're just like Kevin Bacon." -- Gamora

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Gamora disarms two prison inmates and brings their knives to the throat of Drax and another inmate before Drax could move to stop her:

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Gamora dodges a blast from a gun, possible aim-dodge:

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Gamora dodges Nebula's sword strikes:

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Gamora outmatches Nebula in swordplay despite Nebula wielding two, and performs an acrobatic kick where she ducks her head, sends her leg flying vertically over her to kick Nebula in the forehead:

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Durability/Endurance

"I'm no family to Ronan or Thanos. I'm your only hope in stopping him." -- Gamora

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Gamora survives the explosion of her mining pod:

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Gamora takes a strike from Nebula's sword:

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Gamora is able to fight through being shocked by Nebula's staff:

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Gamora survives an explosion nearly right in front of her that sent her flying back, up and off her feet, at the very least 15 feet:

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Gamora is slammed into a rock wall at high speeds:

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Equipment

"We've been hired to stop an interdimensional beast from feeding on those batteries and I'm gonna stop it with a sword?" -- Gamora

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Godslayer

A retractable sword that Gamora carries:

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This sword was able to cut through Groot's branches, which he would later use to stop automatic gunfire in the Kyln:

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Gamora's Godslayer would later cut through the Abelisk, which was unharmed from Drax's knives and all of Rocket and Star-Lord's weapons:

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Knife

(Marvel's Guardian's of the Galaxy Prelude #01, 2014) Gamora carries a knife with her as well:

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