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.

Enneagram: 8w9 sp/so

Gamora seems more like a 6 in the earlier films – distrustful but loyal and obedient to her “father” (Thanos) – but when she’s returned to the Guardians as an earlier form of herself, before she has done all the “inner work,” she’s a total 8 – ruled by rage and aggression, using assertiveness and confrontation to get her way, and showing very little humanity. Peter has to talk her out of being brutal and not caring about other people, since Gamora has no hang-ups about sacrificing others to ensure her own survival (she reluctantly gets roped into things, but then threatens to kill people if she doesn’t get her own way and/or they don’t do what she says). She’s angry that Nebula won’t take her side in things, because they are “family.” Many of her trust issues come from her line to 5 – she doesn’t think others have her best interests in mind, so she pulls away from them and carves out a life for herself. She becomes secretive, withdrawn, and refuses to engage with other people at times. She is not as fun-loving as her 8w7 friends—she is more serious, withdrawn, neutral, and unconcerned with things that have nothing to do with her.