Real Name: Greer Nelson
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Tigra possesses superhuman strength, agility, and senses.
Tigra suffers from conflicts between her human nature and her feline aspects. Occasionally, she becomes violently hostile or over-amorous.
When policeman's widow Greer Nelson couldn't find a job, her old physics professor hired her as a lab assistant. When Hydra attempted to kidnap Dr. Joanne Tumulo, Greer leapt to her defense. Greer was fatally shot with an "alpha radiation" pistol. Her mentor revealed that she was a member of a race of humanoids, mystically evolved from cats. She offered to save Greer, by making her one of them. Greer agreed. In a mystic ritual, a feline soul was bonded with her failing body. The combined being resembled one of the legendary warriors of the Cat People, so she was named Tigra. Although able to return to her human form with the aid of an enchanted amulet, Tigra preferred her feline form and abandoned her previous identity. Although she has served with the Avengers and the West Coast Avengers, she briefly worked in the New York City police, using the pseudonym Greer Sorenson, in order to bring the Brethren of the Blue Fist to justice for its role in the death of her husband.
During the Civil War, Tigra supported the registration act, although she expressed sincere concern about the fate of Captain America and the other heroes who opposed the Act and turned fugitive.
Subsequently as a registered hero and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., she served as an instructor in Camp Hammond and resumed her relationship with Hank Pym, unaware that he was in fact a Skrull.
After beating a criminal gang including Jigsaw, Tigra was attacked at her home by The Hood and his fledgling team of villains. Tigra was made an example of their power: she was shot, severely beaten and had her cat amulet stolen - all while being filmed. The Hood threatened to kill her mother if she crossed them again. The Hood and his entire crew later reappeared at her apartment, demanding to know the location of the New Avengers' secret headquarters so they could exact revenge for a defeat at their hands. Tigra intentionally gave him information that led them into an ambush. She joined in the battle and personally beat down the Hood, saving the life of Iron Fist in the process.
Tigra continued to serve in the Initiative as a senior staff member of the central organization, and was the leader of the Arkansas Initiative team "The Battalion." She briefly fought alongside She-Hulk's team of Lady Liberators as they battled Red Hulk.
After the end of the Skrull Invasion, Tigra learned that she had become pregnant by the Skrull posing as Hank Pym. Fearing she would give birth to a full-blown Skrull she decided to terminate the pregnancy, although during a fight with the cyborg clone of Thor (Ragnarok) her actions and sudden concern for her unborn child's well-being suggested that she might not be going through with the abortion and would instead end up giving birth to the child.
The arrival of Norman Osborn signaled the closure of Camp Hammond. Norman Osborn however had other plans for Tigra, having learned of her pregnancy from Trauma's files. Tigra explained to him that she had yet to make a final decision. Norman then rephrased his sentence to an order: either give the fetus now at five weeks pregnant or give the child when it is born. Norman wanted to study the child and use it to create a biological weapon. Needless to say, Tigra deserted and joined forces with Gauntlet, founding a new group named the Avengers Resistance with some former members of the New Warriors.
Behind the backs of her Resistance team-mates, Tigra began a campaign of revenge against the Hood for his earlier cruelty to her, singling out Percy Grimes (one of the Brothers Grimm), Razorfist and the Mandrill for harsh beatings.
Tigra was de-facto leader of the Avengers Resistance, opposing Norman Osborn's takeover of the Initiative.
After Norman Osborn's fall, Tigra joined the Avengers Academy as a teacher. She learned from Hank Pym that her baby had no Skrull DNA. Pym theorized that this was because his Skrull doppelganger was exactly like him down to the genetic level.
Created by Tony Isabella, Gil Kane, Don Perlin, John Romita, Sr. & Roy Thomas.
First Appearance: Giant-Size Creatures (1974) #1
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