Gamora served her “father” Thanos for years after he kidnapped her and killed half her race, until she found it unbearable enough to break free of him, betray him, and burn a map he desperately coveted, in order to make her escape. She makes her living as an assassin with a conscience, who chooses not to kill people unless it’s absolutely necessary and who initially judges Quill as an “honor-less thief.” She feels great remorse for her actions in her youth when, pitted against her adopted sister Nebula, she won each battle, causing Thanos to torture her sister and replace parts of her body with robotics in an attempt to make her “as good as Gamora.” She never thought about this, only thinking of her own survival, until Nebula brought it to her attention after a desperate attempt to kill her. Gamora, unlike her companions, always has a tactical plan in mind, and can be rigid in her insistence that they stick to it. She refuses to hand over an infinity stone to Ronan, and insists they sell it to someone else instead. She focuses on doing the job and getting paid, but employs strategy instead of improvisation much of the time. Though a ruthless and experienced fighter, Gamora also has a rigid value system. She couldn’t help Thanos anymore, and came to hate Ronan for his immoral battle tactics and the carnage he left behind. She doesn’t warm up to Quill until she realizes she has misjudged him and that he has a better heart than he lets on, but still doesn’t care for many of her companions. Eventually, she comes to see them as her extended family, and even welcomes her sister into it and forgives her attempts to murder her, after saving her life. Gamora judges Thanos for his evil actions and can’t let him torture her sister for information, so she confesses what she knows about the infinity stones. She is good at establishing boundaries and shutting people down, but also berates them for being total idiots—pointing out that they should have been flying the ship with their brains rather than the lower half of their bodies, when Rocket and Quill’s stupid competitiveness causes them to lose half their ship in a meteor field. Gamora doesn’t show much insight, though she does have a sense that “something is wrong” about Ego’s planet. She sets out to figure out what that is, and winds up threatening Mantis to get her to talk about her sinister discovery of hundreds of thousands of skulls found buried in a cave nearby.

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Gamora pulls off a successful “tough girl” act, but it’s just that –an act. Quill accuses her of not trusting anyone and always being over-suspicious, and it’s true, Gamora doesn’t trust people and has a sense, much of the time, that something is amiss or wrong. She was loyal to Thanos for a long time, and then to Ronan, and has now switched her loyalty over to her friends, in an attempt to make up for her mistakes. She doesn’t want Mantis to touch her, because she knows the girl would expose her deep affection for Quill; instead, Mantis touches her arm and forgives her aggression, because she recognizes it as coming out of a fearful place. Gamora is forgiving of her sister, once she understands her, and tries to make amends through an apology. She throws up a front of being untouchable and unimpressed, to keep bad guys away from her in prison. But she’s also secretive, withdrawn, and refuses to admit to any of her more tender feelings.