- —The Enchantress[src]
Early Ragnarök Eras
Era of the Third Ragnarök
On the third era of Ragnarök, a Frost Giant disguised himself as a mason and offered to repair the great hole in the wall in a year, in exchange for the Enchantress' hand. The gods were outraged, and Loki proposed to seal the deal with six months in place of a year, to defeat the mason, who was allowed only his tool and his steed for help. The Enchantress has not consulted on the matter.
Facing Odin's wrath at the Mason impending victory, Loki had to make the mason fail. He changed into a mare, distracted the Mason's steed, and the wall was not finished. Angered at his defeat and at Loki's suspected treachery, the Frost Giant revealed himself before being killed by Thor.
Era of the Eleventh Ragnarök
Loki, possibly going through the same history, was eventually banished. He was approached by a Frost Giant in eagle form who asked him for the Enchantress as his bride. Loki went to Idun, tricked her into bringing her to Muspel to witness Golden Apples similar to her, but in truth brought her to the Frost Giant. She became his harem queen against her will. Deprived from the Apples, the Asgardians withered and Loki was eventually denounced. He went to deliver her, but both were saved by the timely arrival of Thor, who killed the Frost Giant. Returned to Asgard, Enchantress was able to deliver the Apples to her fellows.
Amora was born somewhere in Asgard, her parentage unknown. While still in adolescence, she ran away to the land of the Norns and apprenticed herself to Karnilla, one of the most powerful sorceresses in all the Asgardian dimension. There she studied all the basic arts of Asgardian magic until Karnilla expelled her for being too undisciplined. She picked up further mystical skills from seducing other Asgardian magi and wizards.
Brunnhilde the Valkyrie
Centuries ago, Amora enlisted Brunnhilde, leader of Odin's Valkyries, in her plans of conquest. However, Brunnhilde soon became aware of Amora's immoral ends and sought to end their partnership. Amora then used her magic to entrap Brunnhilde within a mystical crystal of souls. Only relatively recently was Brunnhilde freed from Amora's spell.
The Enchantress seduced Skurge the Executioner into assisting her in many of her schemes over the years. But while the Executioner was so infatuated with the Enchantress that he would do anything for her, she continually withheld her favors from him to keep him in thrall.
In her first encounter with Thor after he gained his human identity of Don Blake, the Enchantress attempted unsuccessfully to seduce Blake, and then ordered the Executioner to dispose of Jane Foster, the mortal woman whom Thor then loved. Thor saved Foster and defeated both the Enchantress and Executioner.
In the following years the Enchantress also allied herself with Loki, Baron Zemo, the Mandarin, and Arkon in pursuit of her goals of power and vengeance upon her enemies. During her stint with Mandarin Amora and Skurge attempted to conquer Asia with an army if rock trolls. Although creating a giant to destroy her enemies, Amora and Skurge were defeated by Hercules and the Scarlet Witch. She was among the many menaces assembled by Doctor Doom to disrupt the wedding of Reed Richards and Susan Storm. She and Skurge kidnapped the Hulk to use him and her army of rock trolls to conquer Asgard but they were defeated by the Green Goliath. In retaliation Amora killed him, but this act was almost instantly undone by Odin. Her most frequent adversaries during these years were Thor and the Avengers. She used one of Zemo's machines to transform one of the Baron's mercenaries into the first Power Man. She temporarily lost the Executioner to her rival Casiolena but defeated her with the aid of the Defenders.
The Enchantress encountered the mutant Dazzler several times, the first being when Amora sought to take control of a dimensional rift which would have granted her mystical powers that rivaled Odin's. As the rift was forming within a club in New York, the Enchantress auditioned as a performer there, confident that her lovely voice (and physical beauty) would easily win her the part. This would have been the case, if not for Blaire's subsequent audition. The club manager, though obviously smitten with the Asgardian woman, reluctantly admitted that Dazzler's voice was superior. Enraged at having her plans thwarted (and at the perceived slight of having another woman chosen in her stead), Amora sought to both claim the mystical energies of the rift while also destroying her rival by aging Blaire to death while she was on stage performing. Unfortunately for the Enchantress, many of the city's super-powered heroes, seeing Dazzler as one of their own, were in the audience to support the young woman. They came to her aid, and in the ensuing battle, Amora was forced to use so much magic that the rift was destabilized. With ultimate power now beyond her grasp, the Enchantress chose to flee, rather than fight a pointless battle.
The Enchantress was one of the villains abducted by the alien Beyonder and forced to battle an assemblage of heroes on a patchwork planet he had created known as Battleworld. Early on in the conflict known as the Secret Wars, Amora clashed with the She-Hulk but was easily overpowered by the heroine, who was far stronger and more experienced in fighting. The unconscious Amora was captured by the heroes and placed in an alien medical device to heal her injuries by Reed Richards. Seeking a fellow Asgardian's perspective on events, Thor freed Amora from the device and she teleported them away to another part of the planet, where she attempted to seduce Thor, further enchanting her lips to enthrall him. An alien creature emerged from the pool beside which they sat, however, and Amora was unable to defend herself temporarily, having focused her power on seducing Thor. Thor saved her from the beast, and Amora transported them back to the heroes' headquarters, which in their absence had been laid waste by her villainous allies. Vastly outnumbered, Thor wondered if Amora would aid him against the other villains, but she turned her back on him, and he was apparently killed, though he had actually caused a distraction with his lightning before escaping. Amora later admitted that she regretted not helping Thor, and losing her chance to be with him. The Enchantress also attempted to seduce the villains' leader Doctor Doom, even offering to heal his scarred face, but he rejected her, knowing from his experience of magic that such a deal would come with a price.
Later in the conflict, the Enchantress was approached by her fellow villainess Volcana, who begged the Enchantress to teleport her to the side of her injured lover the Molecule Man, offering the Enchantress anything she wanted in return. Volcana would later regret this, however, as the Enchantress attempted to use Volcana's life-force to transport herself back to Asgard. Through a telepathically-induced hypnosis, she was able to lure Volcana out to syphon her life-force, but was interrupted by both the Molecule Man and the Lizard. The Lizard slashed the Enchantress across the face with his claws. The Enchantress tried to kill the Lizard in retaliation and managed to transport herself home, apparently healing her face soon afterward.
The Enchantress' crimes earned her Odin's wrath, and she suffered exile from Asgard in the past. However, she and the Executioner both came to Asgard's aid in its recent war with Surtur and his legions from Muspelheim. The Enchantress and Executioner joined with the heroes of Asgard and earned the right to stay in Asgard once again. Amora also became involved with the guardian of Asgard's Rainbow Bridge, Heimdall. In retaliation for her younger sister Lorelei's rude refusal to join her in battling Surtur, the Enchantress used sorcery to make Lorelei fall in love with Loki. Despite those examples of heroism, the Enchantress basically remains an opportunist seeking her own ends. She came close to destroying and remaking reality in her image using the harmonica of destiny, but her plans were foiled by the Thing.
Death of the Executioner
Finally tiring of the Enchantress's contemptuous treatment of him, the Executioner nobly sacrificed his life on a mission with Thor into Hel, the realm of the goddess Hela. Despite the fact that Amora had always led the Executioner on, she did genuinely grieve for him. On several occasions, Amora enchanted mortals with the power and armor of Skurge to form new Executioners. The Enchantress also sought to make the hero Wonder Man into her pawn and lover. However, she overreached when she attempted to raise him to godhood, inadvertently making him strong enough to cast off her controlling spells. He was also able to resist her charms in the end on her second attempt.
Search for the Asgardians
Amora was captured by Frost Giants during the chaos of the psychic menace Onslaught. She eventually used her magic to escape and returned to Earth. Discovering Thor was missing (he had presumably sacrificed himself to defeat Onslaught), Amora searched for the Asgardian gods, who had at this time been turned into mortals by Odin's magic. Amora soon helped the gods to reclaim their former glory by defeating the machinations of Set.
Death & Return
Recently, Thor himself returned from beyond death, to once again take up the mantle of Earth's protector, this time as the Lord of Asgard. He restored the city of Asgard (currently located in central Oklahoma) and awakened many Asgardians, who were sleeping within various mortals scattered across the world. It was Thor's intention to awake only those Asgardians whom he deemed noble and trustworthy while leaving others (such as Hela and Loki) in their mortal state, unaware of their true nature. Apparently, he felt that Amora, despite her previous heroic acts (and their romantic liaisons) fell into this 'untrustworthy' category, and he made no particular effort to seek her out. Loki, however, having gained some awareness of his true self despite being locked within the form of a mortal woman, managed to manipulate Thor into waking many, if not all of the remaining Asgardians. Amora was brought forth, and promptly departed for some far corner of the earth.
Amora began manipulating reality by attacking the World Tree, Yggdrasil, in order to resurrect Skurge and end her loneliness as she finally realized how much he meant to her. She was ultimately thwarted by Thor, Loki, and Balder, who convinced her that she was hurting the other Nine Worlds with her magic and would only dishonor the death of Skurge by resurrecting and releasing him from Valhalla.
More recently, after the destruction of Asgard by Norman Osborn and his forces, Thor, Steve Rogers and Iron Man were transported through a portal and scattered through the Nine Worlds. The Enchantress appeared in what appeared to be Vanaheim, where she told Thor she would have vengeance upon him, setting a group of minions upon him. As Thor fought back, however, the Enchantress revealed that Vanaheim and other parts of the Nine Worlds had been combined and transported into Hel, the realm of Hela. As Thor began to fight Hela, Amora looked on. When Thor was knocked unconscious during the fight with Hela, he was surprised on coming to his senses to see Amora battling Hela to help him. Hela defeated Amora in combat.
Later, when Thor and his allies marshaled an army to attack Hela, Thor was stabbed by Hela with the Twilight Sword, which she had stolen and used to alter the Nine Worlds. Before Hela could finish Thor off, a cloaked figure appeared and magically healed Thor before teleporting him away. This turned out to be Amora, who had transported him to his hammer Mjolnir, which he had been separated from. Hela tracked the two down, and they pressed the attack on her - Thor with his lightning, and Amora with a devastating magical blast that destroyed part of Hela's face. With some help from Iron Man and Fafnir, Hela was defeated, and Thor won back the Twilight Sword. Thor used the sword to return the Nine Worlds to their previous state, and thanked Amora for her help, assuring her he would not forget her change in allegiance to help him. After joking that Thor could give the Twilight Sword to her, Amora transported Thor, Iron Man and Steve Rogers back to where they had been taken from, and their waiting friends. Thor then entrusted the Twilight Sword to Amora's former lover Heimdall.
When Thor died at the end of the Serpent's invasion, Donald Blake found himself on his own. With a lifetime of false memories and robbed of the Odinson, which had been the center of his life, Blake faced an identity crisis. He found Amora in a bar and made a deal with her, hoping to become a god once more. She pampered and pleasured him, and then fed him a Golden Apple, after which she cut off his head.
Blake's still-living head looked on in horror as the blood that spilled from his body turned into the monstrous Keep, who Amora took as her lover. They then traveled to Hel, where they found Hela subdued by the Mares. Keep freed Hela, who then allowed them into Asgardia. They confronted Thor, Amora taunting him with Blake's head, but were defeated and banished for good.
Amora was sent to Norway by Thor, powerless and alone. When Lady Deathstrike and Typhoid Mary went to Norway to recruit Amora onto their new team, their plan broke the Odin-Force keeping her powers from her and she agreed to come with them.
Amora was recruited by Magneto - due to Loki's help - to join his group of villains that would fight the Red Onslaught and his Sentinels in Genosha. Amora was able to charm the Red Onslaught with her magic but was soon interrupted by a Sentinel. She disappeared along with the other villains after the Scarlet Witch and Dr. Doom cast a powerful inversion spell which defeated the Red Skull but also inverted the moral axis of those in the island.
She rejoined the (now-inverted) villains to stop the inverted X-Men from detonating a gene bomb which would've killed everyone on the Earth who was not a mutant. When a reinversion spell was cast, the Enchantress returned to her normal morality.
War of the Realms
When the Dark Elf king Malekith the Accursed set out to wage a realm-spanning war, the assembled a sinister cabal called the Dark Council to orchestrate this War of the Realms, and the Enchantress was one of his allies. During Malekith's assault on Alfheim, the Enchantress used magic to brainwash the Light Elf queen Aelsa, forcing her to accept Malekith's hand in marriage. Afterwards, Amora attempted to use the then-current new Hulk, Amadeus Cho, to steal large amounts of Uru metal, but she and her army were eventually defeated by him.
After Malekith recruited Sindr, the queen of Muspelheim, into the Dark Council, the Enchantress and the Rock Troll Ulik oversaw an invasion of the fire realm's forces into Nidavellir. Their effort was thwarted by the Asgardian Volstagg, who had been turned into the blood-thirsty War Thor.
When the Dark Council's army invaded Midgard and divided its continents between its different factions, the Enchantress became the would-be ruler of South America, dubbing it the Dusk Lands, and used an army of the Draugr to fight for her. When Earth's heroes mounted a counter-offensive, the Enchantress was hit with a vision of defeat at the feet of Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange. In an attempt to stave off fate, she used magic to make the two heroes switch bodies, hoping to incapacitated. Despite the hurdle of switching powersets, the two heroes managed to defeat the Enchantress, fulfilling her vision. Following Malekith's defeat and the end of the War of the Realms, the Enchantress was imprisoned in the Root Dungeons of the Watchtower Tree beneath Asgard. While there she was visited by her estranged son Iric.
Having escaped from Asgard, the Enchantress fled to Midgard and secluded herself in British Columbia. She was tracked down by Captain Marvel, who had resorted to Amora after Doctor Strange had the magic community bar her from learning magic, which she intended to familiarize herself with in preparation to confront Amora's future son Ove, arrived in the present from the dystopian future of Earth-20368. Deciding instead to help Captain Marvel gain immunity to magic, Amora directed the hero in retrieving from an underwater coliseum a potion named the Heart of the Serpent, which made whoever ingested it permanently resistant to magic. After obtaining the Heart of the Serpent, Amora decided to use magic to probe Carol's mind and learned of Ove and Carol's intention to kill him. The Enchantress turned against Carol and contacted Ove to meet him. During a subsequent confrontation, Ove noticed Carol trying to reach out to the Heart of the Serpent. Assuming it to be a time-travelling potion, Ove drank it to taunt Carol before Amora could warn him of its true effects. Ove lost the ability to access magic, and Captain Marvel left him to be tended by Amora, who swore revenge.
Amora is famous for her aristocratic behavior. She lives a luxurious life, owning several mansions throughout the nine realms, and even endowing herself with the power to make gold and diamonds with her tears. She often spends time searching for the finest clothing.
She has shown to incredibly ruthless, torturing a water nymph to discover more about the Beyonder, however, this was fuelled more by fear than cruelty. Unlike most Asgardians, she does not underestimate mortals, despite her disdain for them, due to her experience dealing with them. Amora is not above fleeing a pointless battle, believing such expenditure is only required when there is something to gain. She is incredibly quick-thinking and pragmatic (surprisingly more so than most female villains during the '60s) and is not overconfident in her abilities.
Amora has a habit of seducing men, hence her gaining the title of Enchantress. She is known for her cruelty with men, making them feel important and loved while only using them. She has shown willing to sleep with three Dwarves at once to gain a necklace she desired, showing her willingness to use her body as a weapon. She does have limits, however, refusing to sleep with Odin, although she often cruelly tempted and teased him. Her seduction of men is fuelled more by her fear of being alone than control, however, and she has been known to become depressed should a male ally of hers become injured, and she easily falls in love. Despite her many years of pining after Thor and manipulating The Executioner as a tool, she genuinely grieved for him after he died. Something that surprised many people, and had Thor not talked her out of it, she would have destroyed Yggdrasil just to free him from death.
Amora has shown to be quite vengeful. She often throws a parting shot at her enemies when and if fleeing, and is more than willing to stab an old enemy in the back in the name of revenge. She once cursed the entire planet in retaliation for her necklace being destroyed.
The Enchantress possesses the conventional attributes of an Asgardian woman ("goddess"), as well as a mastery over certain sorcerous disciplines:
- Superhuman Strength: Amora is superhumanly strong, possessing physical strength roughly average for an Asgardian woman. At her peak, she is able to lift about 25 tons.
- Superhuman Speed: Amora can run and move at speeds that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
- Superhuman Stamina: Amora's Asgardian musculature is considerably more efficient than that of a human being. Her muscles produce considerably fewer fatigue toxins during physical activity than human muscles. At her peak, she can exert herself physically for about 24 hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in her blood begins to impair her.
- Superhumanly Dense Tissue: Amora's bodily tissues, like those of all Asgardians, possesses roughly three times the density of human bodily tissues. This contributes somewhat to her superhuman strength, her durability, and her weight.
- Superhuman Durability: Like all Asgardians, Amora's body is much more resistant to conventional physical injury than a human being. She can withstand great impacts, exposure to temperature extremes, and powerful energy blasts that would severely injure or kill a human being with no injury to herself.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: It is possible for Amora to sustain an injury, despite her body's resistance. In such an event, Amora's superior metabolism enables her to heal injuries much faster and more extensively than a normal human would be capable of. However, she is unable to regenerate missing limbs or organs without the aid of powerful magical assistance.
- Superhuman Longevity: Unlike some other god pantheons, such as the Olympians, the Asgardians do age, though it is at a pace vastly slower than a human. Although she is several millennia old in age, Amora has the appearance and vitality of an Asgardian woman in her prime. She is, however, immune to all known Earthly diseases and infections.
- Superhuman Agility: Amora's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Amora's reflexes are similarly enhanced and are superior to those of the finest human athlete.
- Allspeak: Thanks to the Allspeak Asgardians can communicate in all of the languages of the Nine Realms, Earth's dialects, and various alien languages.
- Sorcery: The Enchantress' magical powers are among the most powerful of all Asgardians. The Enchantress's strength and proficiency with magic is second only to Karnilla, with enough power even in the Earthly realm to cloud the sight of Agamotto through his Orb for hours from the view of Doctor Strange. The Enchantress' powers derive from two main sources: her innate capacity to manipulate ambient Asgardian magical energy (of power-objects and entities found therein or merely Asgard's natural magic) honed through practice, and her acquired knowledge of spells and enchantments of Asgardian origin.
- Spell Casting: Amora is an exceptionally powerful sorceress capable of casting complex spells. She once cursed the entire earth, causing it to rain blood across the entire planet and animate every human corpse. Even Odin seemed incapable of reversing it (although he cared little for it). She has also shown capable of casting spell's that slow down an opponents reactions and also cast a spell that prevented a small army from fighting.
- Energy Projection: Amora can use her sorcery to generate powerful blasts of concussive force, heat, or light.
- Teleportation: Amora can teleport within a single dimension, or across the various dimensional places of the Nine Worlds of Asgard.
- Levitation/Flight The Enchantress can levitate and fly.
- Disguise/Illusions: Either through illusion or physical transformation, the Enchantress can also alter her appearance, taking the shape of other humanoid beings, or change the appearance of her clothing.
- Transmutation: Amora can turn men into trees or statues with a kiss, or spell. This power is effective even from other dimensions.
- Gold and Diamond Tears: Much like Freya who produced golden tears, the Enchantress' tear turned into gold and diamond.
- Paralysis: The Enchantress can paralyze multiple enemies with a spell
- Energy Shields: The Enchantress can summon incredibly powerful force fields. She has withstood blows from the likes of Thor and the Hulk, and even the force of a small nuclear bomb going off.
- Life Force Absorption: The Enchantress can absorb the life force of other beings to temporarily enhance her own powers. For conscious beings, she requires consent to perform the act, however to those of lesser intelligence she can do so at will. It is unknown as to whether there are set boundaries, as she required Volcana's permission, yet could affect the Lizard at will.
- Time Disruption: The Enchantress can manipulate time with a subtle spell. She can reverse time, so as to prevent events from ever happening. She can protect others from the power of this spell at will.
- Telekinesis: Amora can magically move objects with the force of thought, with our without the aid of a runic or vocally-casted spell, though the limits of her abilities are unknown.
- Telepathy: The Enchantress can read minds, project her thoughts onto others, exchange her mind with another, perform mind control, sense when a telepath is trying to read her or her allies thoughts, and shield her and others' minds from telepathic intrusions and attacks, which are so powerful that even Charles Xavier could not penetrate her defenses.
- Hypnosis: Amora's gaze and voice are hypnotic, and prolonged focus on both can send mortals into a deep thrall, under which they are susceptible to any suggestion placed by her. A trained hypnotist, Amora can force her subjects to do or think anything she commands through verbal or telepathic suggestion, as well as placing post-hypnotic suggestions that can be unconsciously triggered by her even after the spell is lifted.
- Astral Projection: Amora can project her astral form from her body. It is not affected by the laws of physics and can combat other astral beings. She can also simply project her voice.
- Mystical Senses: Amora can sense the presence of magical energies nearby, impending danger, and others' inner feelings of love.
- Seduction: The main focus of the Enchantress' powers has been the enhancement of her natural beauty and allure so that men, mortal or otherwise, are overwhelmed with desire for her. Her powers are so great she could even affect beings as powerful as the Red Onslaught simply by speaking to him. She has enchanted her lips so that a single kiss is sufficient to make virtually any man a slave to her will, obedient to her every command, for about a week. Subsequent kisses enable her to enthrall someone's will indefinitely.
- Amora has amassed a great deal of mystical lore that rivals that of Loki and Karnilla, is an expert in the art of seduction, both natural and supernatural.
Amora's spells derive their potency from Asgardian sources (such as power objects or entities) and thus are most potent when used in the dimension of Asgard itself. A prolonged absence from Asgard tends to diminish her powers altogether, though they never fade completely. Although she has a superhuman physique, Amora has little to no experience in hand-to-hand combat, typically relying on minions to fight for her. The Enchantress cannot access her spells with her hands bound and her mouth gagged. Previously cast spells like her enhanced aura of seduction, however, can continue to function. She was once able to seduce a Frost Giant with her gaze alone while bound and gagged.
In the past, the Enchantress has made use of advanced scientific equipment created by her allies (when granting Erik Josten's ionic powers, for example, she employed the same devices that Baron Zemo had used to give Simon Williams his abilities, years earlier). She is by no means an inventor or technology expert, but she is quite intelligent, and able to operate such technology in a basic and effective fashion.
On occasions, the Enchantress employs various mystical artifacts, potions, and power objects at her disposal. She has, for instance, kept the soul of Brunnhilda the Valkyrie entrapped in a crystalline gem, using her own magic to assume the Valkyrie's form.
Teleportation (both between dimensions and within dimensions)
- Although the Enchantress is not a mythological character, there are strong similarities between Amora and the Norse Goddess Freya. Freya is described as being blonde, and the fairest of all the goddesses, both of which also apply (perhaps arguably) to Amora. Freya's aspects included love, beauty, and fertility -- also prime attributes (again arguably) of the Enchantress. Freya is also said to have pursued many lovers (Thor among them) and was a powerful sorceress. Nevertheless, there is an Asgardian Freya in Marvel Universe, who is a different character.
- The Enchantress also paralleled with Idun, a Norse goddess associated with youth and fertility. Idun harvested the Golden Apples that keep the gods immortal. In comics early Ragnaröks, the Enchantress was known as Freyja, Iduna, Mardöll, Gefn or Idun, and had the role of keeper of the Golden Apples. She was later usurped that role by Idunn.
- The Enchantress was one of the characters featured in Series A of the Marvel Value Stamps issued in the 1970s.
- 237 appearance(s) of Amora (Earth-616)
- 43 minor appearance(s) of Amora (Earth-616)
- 35 mention(s) of Amora (Earth-616)
- 183 image(s) of Amora (Earth-616)
- 15 quotation(s) by or about Amora (Earth-616)
- 3 item(s) used/owned by Amora (Earth-616)
Links and References
- Amora (Earth-616) on Marvel.com
- Amora (Earth-616) on Wikipedia.org
- Enchantress at marvel.com
- Enchantress at Marvel Directory
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance: Enchantress and Executioner
- The Enchantress at the Guide to the Mythological Universe