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Quote1 Do not be ashamed, Spider-Man. No mortal can resist the hypnotic effects of the dance of Shiva -- He whose breath made the world... He whose hand shall destroy it! Quote2
Dansen Macabre[src]


A member of the Cult of Kali, a Nepalese cult that studied martial arts and mystical disciplines, Dansen Macabre hypnotized Spider-Man into battling the Shroud for her, hoping to kill him as punishment for running away from the cult temple and his devotion to fighting crime. The Shroud managed to shake Spider-Man from his trance, and they defeated her together.[2]

She was later captured by the criminal, Locksmith, who was embarking on a plan to capture superhuman beings and keep them imprisoned so that regular humans could be free to strive and achieve without being overshadowed. The Locksmith had also captured Spider-Woman, who managed to escape, defeat Locksmith, and free the prisoners she trusted. Dansen Macabre (and the other criminal prisoners) were turned over to the police.[3]

Night Shift[]

At some point, Dansen Macabre was contacted by the Shroud to join his team of criminals called the Night Shift, the circumstances of which remain unrevealed.[4]

Macabre was elected as deputy leader of the group and often led the team in criminal endeavors when the Shroud was absent, such as leading an attack on the West Coast Avengers in revenge for capturing the Night Shift member, Digger. In this encounter, Dansen Macabre was defeated by the Scarlet Witch.[1]

Eventually, the Night Shift mutinied against the Shroud's leadership, and came under the sway of the Hangman and Satannish.[5]

Dansen Macabre later became a member of Superia's all-female team of supervillains, the Femizons.[6]

Moon Knight[]

Night Shift (Earth-616) from Moon Knight Vol 6 3 001
Dansen, as part of Night Shift, was hired by Snapdragon to take down Moon Knight, and failing to, was killed along with most of the rest of the Night Shift.[7]



Dance of Hypnosis: Dansen Macabre has the ability to hypnotize those who watch her dance.

Dance of Death: By unknown means, Dansen Macabre can kill a victim who watches her dance.

Veil: Dansen Macabre can also make herself undetectable by another person's senses, even Spider-Man's "spider sense", when she dances.


Dansen Macabre is an accomplished and alluring dancer, and has some knowledge of martial arts.


  • Sometimes she is artistically interpreted as a nude combatant.

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