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User:black_widow (28366)
Bio:It was rumored that Natasha Romanoff (Romanova) was somehow related to the last ruling czars of Russia, but was never proven. Nothing else was known about her prior to World War II.

Nazis set the building she was in on fire in Stalingrad, and a woman threw her out the window to a Russian soldier before dying in the fire. The soldier’s name was Ivan Petrovitch, and he watched over her for her entire life, to this day remaining by her side as her chauffeur.

While under Ivan's protection, many adversaries attempted to attack her. Baron von Stucker abducted Natasha and presented her to the Hand in Madripoor. There, she was to become their Master Assassin until Captain America, Logan, and Ivan saved her.

It was during her childhood when the Red Room started working on making her an operative. Twenty seven young girls were taken into the program and their training to become perfect killers began. They were implanted with false memories, psychochemically conditioned, and chemically enhanced to be loyal and perform perfectly for the program. Even pheromonal locks and keys were implanted into the Black Widows as a control mechanism to keep them from rebelling.

As Natasha grew and matured, she proved to be an amazing athlete and scholar, while gaining distinction in the USSR as a ballerina. Eventually, she married Alexi Shostakov, a distinguished Soviet test pilot.

Soviet government intelligence (KGB), decided that the skill set of this couple would make them superb special operatives, and split them up while Alexi was away on a mission. Trained as the Red Guardian, Alexi became the Soviet Union’s answer to the United States’ Captain America.

Natasha was told that her husband died in an experimental rocket crash, and was drafted into the KGB. She became their best operative from being trained in the infamous Red Room Academy, becoming excellent at fighting and information gathering. It was here where she got her codename Black Widow.

The man named Logan resurfaced in America years later without any memory of his past, and in danger from Hydra assassins. She saved him and came upon him again when he stole the Red Storm Project from Russia alongside Carol Danvers and Ben Grimm.

Natasha pursued them but was ordered off by her superiors.

The Black Widow’s first encounter with Iron Man came when she was directed to slay Anton Vanko, the creator of the Soviet Crimson Dynamo armour, who had defected to America. Natasha attempted to distract Tony Stark while her partner Boris Turgenov used the Crimson Dynamo to destroy Stark’s plants. Turgenov and Vanko wound up perishing in battle, and Natasha remained in America to find some way of regaining the KGB’s favor.

Since Tony Stark was still unaware that she was a KGB operative, she continued to romance him so that she could steal a new anti-gravity device he had created. She managed to use the device to commit various acts of sabotage, even lifting entire buildings into the air, but Iron Man nullified the device and she barely escaped capture, now unable to trick Stark into lowering his guard.

By luck, Natasha happened upon the novice crime fighter Hawkeye, who had been mistaken for a criminal by the police. Hawkeye was so taken with Natasha that she was able to entice him into an attempt at stealing plans from Tony Stark. Hawkeye fought Iron Man while Natasha watched from a distance, but when Iron Man deflected one of Hawkeye’s explosive arrows, the force of the impact struck Natasha down, knocking her unconscious. Hawkeye fled the scene to help Natasha recover.

After Natasha recovered, her superiors instructed her to avoid Stark Industries for a time and directed her instead to target Williams Innovations. She duped Hawkeye into assaulting that firm, but Spider-Man intervened and Hawkeye turned back as he had begun to suspect his lover’s true motivations. Natasha later send Hawkeye out on a second attempt to steal Stark’s plans. However, while Hawkeye was gone, she was kidnapped by the KGB and returned to Russia. The KGB designed a new costume for her and equipped her with her “widow’s bite” and “widow’s line”. With these new weapons Natasha joined Hawkeye in battle against Iron Man in an attempt to destroy him, but when Iron Man shocked Natasha with an electrical blast Hawkeye disobeyed her direct orders to save her life once again. The KGB then returned and stole Natasha away from Hawkeye.

This time the KGB brainwashed Natasha to ensure her loyalty to the state: in her next mission, she found herself pitted against Hawkeye, who had become a member of the Avengers. Her love for Hawkeye allowed her to resist the brainwashing, and she finally turned against the KGB. She became an ally of the Avengers for awhile, aiding them against the Sons of the Serpent. She also proved instrumental in defeating the alien Ultroids who were certain the Avengers would not kill their leader Ixar because of their oath against killing, but Natasha force Ixar to surrender, reasoning that as she was not an Avenger, she was not bound by their oaths.

On an assignment for SHIELD, Natasha discovered that Alexi Shostakov was still alive and had been transformed by the KGB into the costumed hero, the Red Guardian. She and the Avengers opposed the Red Guardian and his masters, and Alexi died in the battle. For awhile Natasha abandoned her identity as the Black Widow, just as the Avengers were about to make her an official member.

Natasha finally decided to resume the Black Widow identity, but soon broke off her relationship with Hawkeye so that she could pursue a solo career. She adopted a new all-black uniform and became a vigilante, battling street gangs and organized crime in New York. Ivan had come to America by then and he served as her chauffeur and confidant. Her new methods of operation brought her into contact with Daredevil and she doon developed both a professional and personal relationship with him, battling side by side as they fell in love.

Natasha was less taken with Matt’s law partner Foggy Nelson, who was manipulated by the villain Mr. Kline into prosecuting her for the murder of Scorpion (which actually was a robot duplicate). Although Natasha was proven innocent, she never truly forgave Foggy for the savagery of his courtroom assault.

Matt broke up with his long-time love, Karen Page, so that he could be with Natasha and the two of them moved to San Francisco to start a new life together. They fought against menaces such as the Man-bull, the Blue Talon, Dark Messiah, Agnar the Screamer, Ramrod, Terrex, Kraven the Hunter, the Death Stalker, the Owl, El Jaguar, Hydra and Damon Dran, the Indestructible Man.

Natasha wanted to find a new career for herself beyond the day to day adventures she and Daredevil enjoyed and attempted to become a fashion designer, but her career never took off, and her relationship with Matt became strained.

Natasha left Daredevil briefly to accept an offer of membership in the Avengers after aiding them against Magneto, but she soon left them after determining from a battle against the Lion God that she did not fit into a team environment. Natasha and Matt reconciled for awhile, but after a lengthy romance, Natasha finally broke up with Matt because she felt he did not treat her as an equal in battle.

Sill on the West Coast, Natasha joined forces with Ghost Rider (John Blaze) and Angel and Iceman of the X-Men when the gods Hercules and Venus were captured by the armies of Pluto and Ares. After having saved Hercules from a forced marriage, he joined four heroes to found a new super-hero team, the Champions. Based in Los Angeles and bankrolled by Angel, the team enjoyed modest success in their adventures. During this time, Natasha became involved with Hercules, but his perspective as an immortal made a long-term relationship seem unimportant. The Champions finally disbanded due to bankruptcy.

Although she and Daredevil had parted ways, the Black Widow was still well-known to Daredevil’s enemies as a woman he had loved and Natasha was captured by Bullseye to be used as bait in an attempt to slay Daredevil. However, Natasha escaped her bonds and aided Daredevil in defeating Bullseye.

Damon Dran, one of Natasha’s enemies from her days with Daredevil, captured Ivan in order to lure Natasha to his island where he set an army of female combat specialists against her. Dran intended to send and agent impersonating the Black Widow to infiltrate the SHIELD Helicarrier and assassinate Nick Fury, but Natasha defeated Dran’s agents and warned Fury. She also saved Ivan from Dran before SHIELD bombed Dran’s island.

The Black Widow was once more embroiled in the schemes of the Hand when she attempted to prevent them from stealing the body of their master warrior, Kirigi, from the morgue. The Hand struck Natasha down with poisons that killed her, but Stone of the Chaste restored her to life. She joined forces with Daredevil and Stone against the Hand when they attempted to revive Elektra. Natasha guessed at the time that Elektra had been successfully revived, but kept this from Matt for his own good.

When Natasha learned that Okasna Bolishinko, her old instructor, was in America at the Russian Embassy, she broke into the premises seeking to apologize to her mentor for abandoning the ballet to become a spy. Oskana replied that Natasha was not the only pupil of hers who had been stolen away by the KGB and that she accepted that espionage was Natasha’s true calling.

Russian agents then created a Life Model Decoy of Alexi Shostakov, which they used to dupe Natasha into believing her husband was still alive. With threats of terminating Alexi, they coerced her into performing acts of espionage for Russia against the US. Upon gaining the desired technology, the Russians revealed the truth and tried to kill the Widow, but with the aid of Ivan she defeated them and destroyed the LMD.

Natasha later joined forces with Iron Man to prevent the Russian sleeper agent code named “Oktober” from launching nuclear missiles which would have cause World War III. Unknown to Natasha, she herself was Oktober, and succeeded in launching the missiles. Fortunately Iron Man prevented them from being detonated and aided Natasha in capturing the KGB agent responsible for Natasha’s reprogramming. The Widow also worked alongside Daredevil against the murdering telepath known as Rose, who had targeted other telepaths including several members of SHIELD ESPer unit.

SHIELD sent the Widow to investigate the Molina, the Russian Mafia, which thrust her into the middle of the decades old struggle between two seemingly immortals, the vigilante Night Raven and the drug smuggling Yi Yang. The Widow assisted in foiling Yi Yang’s plot and was witness to Yi Yang crashing her helicopter on top of the Night Raven. No bodies were found in the wreckage.

Natasha eventually returned to the Avengers and assumed the mantle of leadership, usually managing the team’s operations from Avengers Mansion while allowing Black Knight to lead in the field. During this time she also became attracted to Captain America, but wound up sleeping with Tony Stark instead. Her tenure as the Avengers’ leader came to a sorrowful end when most of the team was apparently slain battling Onslaught. Unable to rebuild the Avengers roster herself and threatened with legal action from the Maria Stark Foundation, the Black Widow allowed the Avengers to dissolve.

Considering herself to be the last Avenger, Natasha embarked upon a personal mission to bring down all of the Avengers’ former enemies, including the Grey Gargoyle and the Masters of Evil. She again encountered Daredevil at this time, who was concerned with her mental state as he witnessed her obsessive hunting of the Grey Gargoyle. Natasha’s presence in Daredevil’s life again complicated his relationship with Karen Page, which at the time was still being rebuilt. Although Natasha was willing to rekindle their relationship, she acknowledged that Karen was the woman Matt loved and nobly allowed them their space. Later on, she even offered to assist Karen after she had been framed for murder by Mr. Fear.

Natasha was also the first person to correctly identify the former members of the Masters of Evil who had adopted the guise of the heroic Thunderbolts. She attempted to turn MACH-1 and Songbird against Baron Zemo before he could make his move, inspiring them by telling them how Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch had redeemed their own criminal pasts, but Zemo set his plan into motion before they could reach a decision.

The Avengers finally returned and resumed their operations, but the Black Widow occasionally assisted them on missions, still feeling responsible for the team’s disbanding. Instead, she has focused on her espionage work. Natasha has accepted several more assignments for SHIELD, such as impersonating the terrorist leader Ebon Flame in order to shut down her organization, Freedom’s Light. She also had Iron Man assist her in infiltrating the forced-labor camp for scientists run by Tuatara under the Mandarin’s direction.

Natasha came close to learning some truths about her past when she was led into a trap by a man named Vindiktor, who claimed to have a copy of her mother’s diary. This turned out to be false, but as Natasha fought him, he claimed that he was her brother. Unfortunately Vindiktor died during their battle before Natasha could ascertain if he was telling the truth.

Natasha crossed Daredevil’s path again when he attempted to slay Baby Karen, believing the infant to be the Antichrist. Natasha saved the child, but was badly beaten by Daredevil in the ensuing fight. Karen Page ultimately died protecting the child, and Matt went to Natasha to be consoled and to explain his earlier actions to her. Natasha reconciled with Matt, revealing that she still loved him, but noted that they had grown too far apart to become a couple again.

Natasha became aware of the presence of another Black Widow, a younger woman name Yelena Belova who had also been trained at the Red Room and who was obsessed with being the sole Black Widow. The two Black Widows first encountered each other while attempting to retrieve the Endless Fury bio weapon created in Rhapistan, which exploded violently. Natasha completed the mission much to the chagrin of Yelena. Natasha later had herself and Yelena trade appearances through plastic surgery with the help of SHIELD to help teach Yelena that her superiors considered her expendable.

The United States government attempted to have her handed over to the government of Bulgaria in exchange for having the Madame Hydra (Viper) released to the United States. Natasha once again crossed paths with Matt and the two of them worked with SHIELD to bring down the people behind the effort to have her turned over to the Bulgarian government. Natasha came face to face with Alex, her husband thought to be dead. Alexi had orchestrated the whole affair in an attempt to swipe at Natasha. Natasha confronted Alexi along with SHIELD agents and the Avengers at her back. Alexi was taken into custody.

Natasha retired from espionage to a place in Arizona where she enjoyed the quiet life until operatives from the Red Room started hunting down the Black Widow operatives living around the world. With the help of Phil Dexter, once a SHIELD agent, Natasha sets out to find out who killed these women. Along the way she rescues Sally Anne Carter and hides her with Phil Dexter. Her search for the killer leads her to Russia where she meets Lyudmila Antonovna Kudrin, former head of biotech at the Red Room. Natasha learns that the Black Widows, twenty seven women, were trained from girlhood to be the perfect killing machines: chemically enhanced for performance, psychochemically conditioned, and implanted with false memories to be loyal.

Natasha took Lyudmila to SHIELD where she learned Phil Dexter was gunned in his home and Sally Anne was abducted. She also learned that one of the control mechanisms in the Black Widow project was a pheromonal lock and key, a biochemical scent that could be applied like perfume. Black Widow operatives would be incapable of committing violence or even extensive disobedience against anyone wearing the scent. Natasha learns that Nick Fury had stolen the formula for the scent and has been using it against Natasha ever since.

Natasha followed the trail to Ian McMasters, CEO of Gynacon, and Vassily Ilyich Ulyanov of the Red Room to McMaster’s yacht in Miami. Natasha killed them both and subsequently was put atop the United States’ Most Wanted List by Presidential decree.

Natasha fled to Cuba where she met up with Yelena Belova, who now runs a lingerie company and a couple of soft porn channels. Yelena offered Natasha a place to stay in return asking for Natasha’s help in getting medical supplies from Miami. Natasha goes and learns that the supplies are from Gynacon and learns that Sally Anne had been taken by organized crime. Matt Murdock and Nick Fury catch up to Natasha in Miami, along with Kestrel and Martin Ferris, two people she ran across in her hunt for the killers of the Black Widows.

Natasha catches up with Sally Anne Carter who was being used for experimentation by Gynacon. Natasha was captured, but Sally Anne escaped. Kestrel and Ferris subjected Natasha to mind altering drugs hoping to break her, but Matt and Yelena rescued her from captivity. Natasha went after and killed Kestrel and Ferris.

Artificially Enhanced Physiology: Natasha has received the Red Room's variant of the Super-Soldier Serum. As a result, many of her body's physical capabilities have been heightened to the peak of human capability.

Peak Human Strength: Her physical strength is heightened to a level that is beyond the natural physical limits of a woman of her height, weight and build. She is capable of lifting up to 500 lbs.

Peak Human Speed: Her speed is also enhanced to the peak of human capability. Natasha is as fast as a human can be without being classified as superhuman.

Peak Human Agility: Natasha's natural agility is heightened to the peak of human capability. She is as agile as a human being can be without being classified as superhuman.

Peak Human Reflexes: Her reaction time is similarly enhanced and functions with the peak of human efficiency and capability.

Peak Human Durability: Natasha's bodily tissues have been augmented to the pinnacle of human development. Though she can be injured in the typical ways other humans can be, she is as physically tough as a human being can be without being classified as superhuman.

Peak Human Senses: Her five senses are enhanced and function at peak of human perfection.

Peak Human Immune System: While she is susceptible to disease like all other ordinary humans, her ability to resist and recover from them is heightened to the peak of human capability.

Extended Longevity: The Super-Soldier serum variant has also extended her lifespan by dramatically slowing her natural aging process. Although she is almost 70 years old, she has the youthful appearance and vitality of a woman in the physical prime of her life.

Master Martial Artist: Natasha is an expert in the field of martial arts. She has mastered karate, judo, aikido, savate, boxing, and multiple styles of kung fu.

Expert Acrobat: She is an Olympic class athlete, gymnast, acrobat and aerialist capable of many difficult feats.

Expert Marksman: Natasha is a very accurate marksman skilled in sharpshooting and knife throwing.

Multilingual: She is fluent in Russian, English, French, German, Chinese, and various other languages.

Graceful Dancer: Natasha is a profound ballet dancer.

Expert Tactician: She is a very effective strategist, tactician, and field commander.

Talented Hacker: Natasha can hack into most computer systems without tripping any firewalls or security.

Master Seductress: She is an expert in the field of seduction. Natasha has been infamously known to bend many different men to her will and sometimes even get them to do her bidding for her.

Expert Spy: Natasha is a dangerous secret agent trained in espionage, stealth, disguise, infiltration, and demolitions.

Equipment: Costume Specifications: Synthetic stretch fabric which has been augmented to be highly resistant to damage even small arms fire and high temperatures. Microscopic suction cups on her costume allow her to scale walls and cling to ceilings, just as her namesake.

Transportation: Natasha uses her Widow's Line, a grappling hook with a retractable line, to swing along rooftops for increased mobility.

Weapons: Personal Weaponry: The Black Widow's wrist cartridges contain various tools of the spy trade: tear-gas pellets, a radio transmitter and spring-loaded cable.

Special Weaponry: Various automatic weapons and firearms, combat knives and explosives as needed. She also uses a device often referred to as the Widow's Bite that is capable of emitting highly potent electric shocks with a maximum of about 30,000 volts.

Source of Paraphernalia: Former Soviet Union, Black Market
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