This "nice long nap" you describe? It's preceded by a death. Not a coma, even -- we're talking about actual, physical death. How traumatic an experience something like that is? To have felt the life drain out of you, and then come back from that? To have known that fear, to have felt that cold -- that changes you. And then to not just live again, but -- most of the people we're talking about, they died fighting. For them to go from that, to back to the front lines, sometimes within an hour's time? Is that something you'd sign up for?
~ Black Widow
Black Widow
Black Widow
Biographical Information
Real Name: Natasha Alianovna Romanoff

Current Alias:

Black Widow


Yelena Belova, Nat, Tasha, Madame Nikita, Scarlett Rushman, Sasha Matthers, Nadine Roman, Nancy Johansson, Widow, Auntie Nat, The Famous Black Widow, and Countless other Aliases


April 10, 1984








Enhanced Human


Familial Information


James Rushman (father, deceased);
Natalia Romanoff (mother, deceased);
Association Information

Marital Status:



S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers, Black Widow Ops Program (brainwashed, formerly), 50-State Initiative (formerly), Mighty Avengers (pro-registration superheroes, formerly)


Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Liaison between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers

Base of Operations:

Avengers Mansion, Manhattan, New York City, New York


Identity: Public Identity
Nationality: Russian, American
Citizenship: Russian/American
Education: A graduate of the Russia-based covert-training Academy, Intensive espionage training through Taras Romanoff, the Red Room Academy, and others unrevealed
Physical Description
Height: 5' 8"


140 lbs (64 kg)
Eyes: Green


Skin: Pale
Physique: Slim, Athletic

Unusual Features:

Origin: Romanoff is an expertly trained intelligence agent
Universe: Earth-416274
Place of Birth: Volgograd, USSR, Russia
Background Information

Voiced By:

Olivia d'Abo

Natasha Alianovna Romanoff, better known as Black Widow, is one of the best spies and assassins in the world. Originally an agent of the Soviet agency for foreign intelligence, she later became a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., the international counter-intelligence agency. Having extensive mastery in the martial arts and armed with her Widow's Bite, Black Widow is one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most talented agents. and then later joined the Avengers as a S.H.I.E.L.D. Liaison.

Physical appearance

Natasha is very tall and strikingly attractive, beautiful, with a finely-curved athletic figure. She has red hair, along with green eyes and a stoic expression of confidence and self-assurance. She normally wears black, figure-hugging suits which may or may not show the prominence of her cleavage, and she is fitted normally with her Widow's Bite in mission situations. Tony Stark has commented dryly that she is hugely attractive.


The entirety of Natasha's character is hard to distinguish based on how she lies and tricks people for a living. She is capable of convincingly portraying friendly and flirtatious, timid, vulnerable and scared. For the most part, she is a level-headed, strong-willed and independent woman. Romanoff normally maintains a controlled, almost emotionless persona to keep whatever she is thinking a secret unless she is around people she absolutely trusts. Although she is more than willing to rush into deadly battle and other unnerving missions for S.H.I.E.L.D., she is not completely fearless, as she was visibly frightened of Hulk.

She is certainly extremely fearless, as well as stoic, efficient, cunning, intelligent and unpredictable. She does not normally show any fear whatsoever in the face of any danger, even if it is an immortal being from another dimension. She appears to adopt multiple personalities to keep her true colors invisible, making her incredibly hard to read. she is shown to get emotional, being wary and perhaps afraid of Dr. Banner and what he is capable of doing. When Dr. Banner transformed into the Hulk, she showed fear for the first time. Luckily, Thor intervened in time to prevent the Hulk from attacking her. Natasha quickly put her fear aside to stop a mind-controlled Barton, whom she seems to deeply care about.

Though a very serious agent, Natasha is by no means stuffy and has a sarcastic sense of humor, which mostly surfaces when she is with Captain America or Hawkeye, both of whom she is comfortable around. Romanoff is very smart and loyal which is displayed when she made good on the debts she owed Barton and Rogers (saving the former from Loki's mind control and trying to protect the latter during a highway assault). While tough and at times ruthless, she is still a good person and can be quite heroic in her own right. These qualities are usually brought out by her other Avengers, mainly her missions with Steve Rogers. And no matter how injured she is in battle, Natasha will go out her way to make sure bystanders are out of harm's way (keeping several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents away when Banner was transforming into Hulk, helping Hawkeye evacuate civilians when the Skrulls attacked Manhattan, and risking her life to make sure innocent people weren't shot by the Winter Soldier when he was chasing her).

With David Banner, she acts with incredible caution because she is actually afraid of him, acting as if she is on a knife's edge - his transformation into the Hulk is the first time she shows fear, but she becomes more easygoing with him later on. Her relationship with Clint Barton is that of best friends. They first met when Clint was sent to hunt her down, but instead he spared her and they became friends. Natasha first met Steve Rogers on the Helicarrier when he was recruited to S.H.I.E.L.D. and she appeared to respect his authority. They also worked fiercely together against the Skrulls.

Romanoff is also very close with Clint Barton's family, especially with his and Laura Barton's only daughter, Nicole, being the only member of Avengers who knew of their existence. Natasha is genuinely affectionate with the child, hugging her the moment they reunite and sweetly commended the little girl on the drawing she made.

While one of the members of the Avengers that is completely human and without superpowers, (other than Barton and Stark, however, his armor makes the difference between the three), she is shown to be just as formidable as any of the other members, as she is a gifted spy, trained in combat, weapons and various other skills.

Powers and Abilities


Super Soldier Serum: This serum has metabolized and enhanced all of her bodily functions beyond the peak of human potential, giving her enhanced abilities.

  • Artificially Enhanced Physiology: The Super-Soldier Serum has metabolized and enhanced all of Natasha's natural anatomical abilities to superhuman levels. As a result, she is extremely intelligent, strong, fast, agile, and durable. Although the Super-Soldier Serum is definite, she still maintains an overall healthy lifestyle including a regular exercise regimen and a balanced diet. This appears to have increased her capabilities further, much like in the case of a normal human.
    • Superhuman Strength: Black Widow's physical strength is enhanced to superhuman levels. She is strong enough to lift at least 2-5 tons and much more if she pushes. Nick Fury stated that Natasha could "bench-press a Toyota", and she has been able to perform such feats as easily stopping a 5-ton pine tree, capable of crushing Jeeps, from falling on a group of soldiers, curling 500 kg/1000 lbs, and physically bending metal with her bare hands. She has demonstrated that she is strong enough to knock out people with normal durability with as little as a tap to the head. She has also consistently shown the ability to hurt beings with Hulk-levels of durability, as well as pushed Spider-Man, who has lifted a 20 tons truck, to his limits in a shoving match.
    • Superhuman Speed: Black Widow can run and swim at a speed between 60-80 miles per hour with ease, and potentially more while under stress. When challenged, she's able to expedite "eight or nine blocks" within seconds and long distances far out-performing even peak human capacity.
    • Superhuman Agility: Black Widow's agility, balance, flexibility, dexterity, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the peak of human potential. She has the combined agility and acrobatic prowess of the most accomplished circus aerialists and acrobats. This is also equivalent to Spider-Man, as Black Widow was able to grapple him to a stand-still. She also has the ability to leap 54 meters/60 yards out in a single bound and 12 meters/40 feet into the air without a running start.
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Black Widow's reflexes are at superhuman level. Her reaction speed is 40 kph, which makes it possible for her to dodge gunfire, even at short range, from multiple gunners at the same time. She can pretty much out-react even the fastest humans, no matter how well-trained.
    • Superhuman Stamina: Black Widow's body eliminates the excessive build-up of fatigue-inducing lactic acid in his muscles and his musculature generates considerably less fatigue toxins than the muscles of an ordinary human being, granting her superhuman levels of stamina in all physical activities. She can physically exert himself at peak capacity for several hours before fatigue toxins begins to impair her. This kind of physiology grants him phenomenal endurance. She can even hold his breath under water for 6 minutes. Carol Danvers also remarked about Black Widow's stamina, stating "Romanoff only needs an hour or two's sleep every week".
    • Superhuman Durability: Black Widow's bones and muscles are far denser and harder than normal. He can withstand great impacts such such as falling from several stories, sky-diving into the water from a height of 182 meters/600 feet, or being struck by an opponent with super strength, that would severely injure or kill a normal human with little to no discomfort. Black Widow's body is durable to the point that when she was being punched by a corrupt soldier in the torso, it resulted in the assailant's wrists breaking thanks to her super-dense muscles. She can also withstand the impact of a car going 128 kph/80 mph and survive it with little harm other than a sore body She can also withstand massive explosions; this level of durability is how she survived other forms of extensive punishment throughout her career. She is also durable enough to take hits from beings with strength in class 100+ without notable injury.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: She is able to heal broken bones and torn muscles "in a day or two", while bullet and knife puncture wounds heal in "a matter of hours". She has even healed from a broken neck, broken limbs and holes through her chest in a week. She has also become naturally immune to deadly poisons and illnesses.
    • Contaminant Immunity: Black Widow is seemingly immune to all Earthly diseases, infections, and disorders, and has never been shown to become ill after receiving the Super-Soldier Serum. She's impervious to gas attacks, poisons, and nerve-toxins of any kind and completely resistant to diseases like anthrax, smallpox, and HIV. Her immune system is so powerful that "a half a pint of tetrodotoxin" showed no ill effects.
    • Alcohol Immunity: Black Widow is virtually immune to intoxication by consuming alcohol.
    • Suspended Aging: The Super-Soldier Serum dramatically slowed Romanoff's aging process due to extensive regeneration of healthy cells.
    • Superhuman Senses: Romanoff's senses have also been augmented. She can taste, feel, hear, see, and smell things better than humans.
    • Enhanced Intelligence: Her mental performance has been greatly enhanced, allowing her mind to process information quickly, giving her an accelerated learning aptitude, or knack for quickly analyzing multiple information streams, such as threat assessment, as well as rapidly respond to changing tactical situations, an eidetic memory, meaning that she never forgets anything and has perfect recall, the ability to speed read, and high deductive reasoning skills.


  • Master Martial Artist: Natasha is an expert in many fields of martial arts. These include sambo, boxing, karate, judo, aikido, ninjutsu, savate, muay thai and multiple styles of kung fu.
  • Expert Acrobat: She is an Olympic class athlete, gymnast, acrobat and aerialist capable of numerous complex maneuvers and feats.
  • Expert Marksman: Natasha is an extremely accurate marksman skilled in sharpshooting and knife throwing.
  • Multilingual: She is fluent in Russian, English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, and various other languages.
  • Graceful Dancer: Natasha is a profound ballet dancer.
  • Expert Tactician: She is a very effective strategist, tactician, and field commander. She has lead the Avengers and even S.H.I.E.L.D. on one occasion.
  • Talented Hacker: Natasha can hack into all computer systems without tripping any firewalls or security with ease.
  • Master Seductress: She is an expert in the field of seduction. Natalia has been infamously known to bend many different men to her will and sometimes even get them to do her bidding for her. She sometimes continues deceiving certain men through means of acting if she still has a further use for them.
  • Expert Spy: Natasha is a dangerous secret agent trained in espionage, stealth, disguise, infiltration, and demolitions. She displays an uncanny affinity for psychological manipulation and can mask her real emotions perfectly. She is capable of killing in cold blood when the need arises. Her talents and years of experience have enabled her to reach a high ranking as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.



  • 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.


Natasha uses her Widow's Line, a grappling hook with a retractable line, to swing along rooftops for increased mobility. Avenger's Quinjets. Assorted S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft. Used an Avengers Issue Jet-Pack.


  • Personal Weaponry: The Widow Gauntlets are wrist cartridges containing various tools of the spy trade: tear-gas pellets, Electro Disks, Smoke Bombs, EMP Devices, Wire, 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.



  • James Rushman † - Father
  • Natalia Romanoff † - Mother




She is a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Level Seven.


  • Natasha is in love and currently in a romantic relationship with Steve Rogers.
  • Born April 10, 1984.
  • Romanoff occasionally cared for a cat that hung around her apartment until she eventually named it Liho and officially adopted it.

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