- You are mistaken! The Americans are not bloodthirsty! We are a gentle, easy-going race, unless we are aroused by injustice or intolerance on the part of our neighbors!
- -- Betty Dean src
Betty Dean is one of the oldest supporting characters in the Marvel Universe, having appeared in publications for over 70 years. Below is an abridged version of her history. For an unabridged version see the expanded history of Betty Dean.
When the Atlantean Emperor Thakorr sent Namor to wreak havoc on the surface world, Betty Dean was arranged by Police Chief John Wilson for a dangerous mission to apprehend him. Betty was eager to stop the Avenging Son on her own, and in his own element.
Namor's CompanionPrincess Fen. However, Namor and Betty were never officially an item and because of Namor’s slower aging rate, the two eventually parted ways.
Nita's GuardianNamorita, he soon decided that his young cousin (bereft of parents and an undersea homeland) needed a proper guardian at this important age of growth. Despite Nita’s protest, Namor left her to Betty and reassured her that Betty was a shining beacon of warmth, kindness and strength. Under Betty's guidance, Nita attended high school and college. The two became very close and Nita eventually considered Betty to be her second mother (and took her last name when she died).
In 1983, Dr. Herman Frayne (Dr. Hydro) decided to conquer Atlantis so he began hijacking airplanes and forcing them to land on Hydrobase. Once there, the passengers were taken into a chamber, where Hydro exposed them to the Terrigen derivative, mutating them into amphibians (of which there was no known cure at the time). One of the hijacked planes carried Namorita and Betty. Namorita was unaffected by the gas, but Betty was transformed into one of the amphibious Hydro-Men.
Hydro attacked Atlantis but he was defeated and killed. Unfortunately, the Atlanteans were rendered comatose by a nerve gas during the fight. While Namor tried to find a cure for the Atlanteans, the villains Tiger Shark, Attuma, and Dr. Dorcas launched an assault on Hydrobase and imprisoned Namor in a dehydation chamber. Dr. Doom came to the rescue (at this time he was an ally with Namor) and teamed-up with the newly amphibious Betty. During the rescue, Dorcas attempted to kill Namor, but Betty jumped in front of the blast and was herself killed.
Highly athletic, excellent swimmer, and a skilled detective.
Betty possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.
- Atlantean Amulet (formerly)
- 128 Appearances of Betty Dean (Earth-616)
- 1 Minor Appearances of Betty Dean (Earth-616)
- Media Betty Dean (Earth-616) was Mentioned in
- 14 Images featuring Betty Dean (Earth-616)
- 1 Quotations by or about Betty Dean (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Betty Dean (Earth-616)
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