Gamora, created by Jim Starlin, first appeared in Strange Tales #180 in 1975. She is the adopted daughter of the Titan, Thanos. Most of her appearances through the years were in series stemming from The Infinity Gauntlet (Warlock and the Infinity Watch, Infinity War, Infinity Crusade, and Infinity Abyss) until Guardians of the Galaxy in 2008.
The last of her species (the Zen Whoberi), Thanos adopted Gamora and trained her to become “the deadliest woman in the whole galaxy” for the sole purpose of assassinating the Magus, an evil version of Adam Warlock. As an adult, she teamed up with the real Adam Warlock to exact revenge on the Black Knights of the Universal Church of Truth for the genocide of her people. When Thanos revealed himself to be a greater threat than the Magus, Gamora joined forces with Captain Mar-vell, Drax the Destroyer, and the Avengers to defeat Thanos. Over the years, she has been romantically involved with both Adam Warlock and Nova.
Her abilities include superhuman strength, speed, and agility, as a rapid healing ability. She is also an expert in various martial arts, incredibly proficient in hand-to-hand combat, and is skilled with a wide variety of weapons. Like Drax, she prefers knives and swords.