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Quote1 My name is Ava'Dara Naganandini. Soldier of the Shi'ar Imperium. Royal Warbird. Deathbringer class. I know the way of the Shi'ar. I know how to kill. how to die if need be. I just wish... I wish I knew how to live. Quote2


Ava'Dara Naganandini (Earth-616) from Wolverine & the X-Men Vol 1 13 004

Ava'Dara as a child


Ava'Dara Naganandini is an elite Shi'ar warrior of the Warbirds assigned to protect the ruling family. Warbird was born in a breed art warehouse in Chandilar's flesh bazaar district. Her "father" was an automated seed sprinkler and her "mother" was one of the thousands of frozen eggs harvested each month from female factory workers as part of their government-mandated body-tax. Warbird's birth mother was an alien slave brought from a conquered world whose body wasn't meant to birth a Shi'ar and so she died after giving birth to Ava'Dara. Ava'Dara worked in a war factory and learned how to assemble a pulse cannon before she learned how to talk. Ava'Dara loved to draw as a child but she would burn her drawings as she considered what she liked wasn't the way of the Shi'ar. She trained and gained the Warbird title in an academy.[2] At an unknown point in her life she conducted "mating rituals" with someone while trapped inside another being and surrounded by flesh-eating monster aliens.[4] After showing mercy to a child in a mission, the Shi'ar wanted her to hate children, so her punishment was that she was sent by Emperor Gladiator to escort Kid Gladiator as his personal bodyguard. Kid Gladiator was sent to Earth as a punishment for destroying more than half of the Shi'ar royal city on Chandilar, so she was brought with him to "protect" Gladiator's son from danger.[5][2]

Jean Grey School for Higher Learning[]

Warbird arrived with Kid Gladiator to Earth on the first day for school. During an attack on the Jean Grey School of Higher Learning by Krakoa, Warbird fought Krakoa and the Frankenstein monsters. When Iceman formed a group of ice-clones to fight Frankenstein monsters, Warbird showed some romantic interest in one of the ice-clones.[6]

Exodus' Attack[]

When Exodus attacked the Jean Grey School and the students were sent to the safe room for their safety, Warbird went with Kid Gladiator and refused to let Rogue take part of his power to fight Exodus. When Rogue teleported and took part of his power through a kiss on the cheek, Warbird became enraged and said she would kill her, but Kubark told her she was pardoned by royal decree.[7]

The Brood Attack[]

Warbird tried to stop Kid Gladiator from entering Kitty's body but failed.[8] When she entered Kitty's body along with the other X-Men, they found Kid Gladiator only to lose him again. When they found him again, they discovered that he wasn't himself, as the Brood turned him into one of them.[9]

Ava'Dara Naganandini (Earth-616) and Robert Drake (Earth-616) from Wolverine & the X-Men Vol 1 7 001

Warbird and Iceman were left to hold Kid Gladiator while Beast tried to destroy the egg sac inside the infested Kitty. After Kid Gladiator used his heat vision on Iceman's head, Iceman responded by restoring his face and beating Kid Gladiator up, to which Warbird asked him to stop. Later on, Warbird confessed to Bobby that she considered him to be, without a doubt, the most vigorous male she had encountered since arriving to Earth and asked him if he ever conducted "mating rituals" with someone while trapped inside another being and surrounded by flesh-eating monster aliens, because she had once; to which Bobby answered with a low voice that it was a good time for Kid Gladiator to melt off his ears. After the egg sac was destroyed and Kid Gladiator was subdued, the team left Kitty's body through her mouth. While Kitty was taken by S.W.O.R.D. to be cured of the remained Brood inside her, she kissed Bobby while Warbird was watching and she did not seem too happy about it.[4]

Ava'Dara Naganandini (Earth-616) from Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 48 0001

The Marauders[]

Warbird entered Gambit's apartment with a decapitated head in her hand saying: it has begun. When the Marauders broke into the apartment, she helped the team fight them.[10] When Iceman was hurt by Chimera, she was shown to be worried about him. She chose to fight Vanisher from the Marauders and told him she would find a way to cut his head off. When Iceman covered the area, she thought it was magnificent. When Bobby noted she was looking at him in a weird way, she told him she wanted to conduct "mating rituals" with him immediately.[11]

Return to the Shi'ar[]

Warbird eventually left Earth and rejoined the Shi'ar Empire, having been part of the Shi'ar force in its fight against the Asgardians.[12][13] She later took on the Zzxz Symbiote to hunt down the remainder of the Kin Crimson.[3]



Ava'Dara is a Royal Warbird of Deathbringer Class[2] with the following abilities:

  • Superhuman Strength: As a Shi'ar, Warbird possesses enough strength to lift 1 ton in Earth-like gravity.
  • Superhuman Stamina: As a Shi'ar, Warbird possesses 20 times greater stamina than a human.


  • Markswoman: She is adept at handling Shi'ar energy weapons. She was trained in the use of most Shi'ar weaponry.
  • Hand-to-hand Combatant: She was an excellent hand-to-hand combatant.
  • Aviation: She is also an expert aircraft flier.



Warbird wears battle armor and carries an energy sword.


Various Shi'ar energy weapons and laser swords.


Shi'ar starships.


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