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Real Name Nebula
Species Luphomoid
Gender Female
Title(s) Galaxy-Class Killer
Movie Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Game Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon
Comic Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude
Portrayed by Karen Gillan
Status Alive
"After you destroy Xandar, you will kill my father?"
"Do you dare oppose me?"
"You see what he has made me into. If you kill him, I will help you destroy a thousand planets!
―Nebula and Ronan the Accuser[src]

Nebula is a Luphomoid assassin and an adopted daughter of the intergalactic warlord, Thanos. She is also the adopted sister of Gamora. She served as the right-hand woman of Ronan the Accurser during his and Thanos' quest to retrieve the orb


Early LifeEdit

Raised in the service of the interplanetary warlord, Thanos, Nebula trained to be a Galaxy-Class Killer under the tutelage of Ronan the Accuser. Nebula would often train alongside fellow Thanos devotee Gamora and Korath.


Nebula ensnared by an energy net.

One training scenario on the arboreal world of Dervani saw Nebula and Gamora pitched against each other in a competition to retrieve a data ingot for Ronan. The girls sparred on the surface, leading to Gamora throwing Nebula of a cliff, severely injuring her and requiring multiple cybernetic replacements.

Upon reaching adulthood, Nebula and Gamora served Thanos under the command of Korath the Pursuer. On a mission to locate the Orb on the planet Praxius IX, inside of one of the Cloud Tombs of Praxius, Nebula went in without waiting for Gamora and fell into a trap. Ensnared by an impenetrable Laser Thorn Energy Net, Nebula found herself at the mercy of the inhabitants and needed to be rescued by Gamora.

Never one to tolerate failure, Thanos ordered Gamora to leave Nebula behind, with only a sharp blade to free herself. Nebula was forced to amputate her own arm in order to escape the netting.[1]

Quest for the OrbEdit

Thanos lent Nebula and Gamora to Ronan, who made a deal with Thanos to retrieve the Orb for him so he would in turn destroy Xandar. When Korath failed to retrieve the Orb on Morag, thanks to Star-Lord's intervention Nebula was tasked to retrieve the orb but Gamora insisted she follow Quill. When Gamora betrayed Ronan and Thanos only to be arrested and sent to the Kyln with the Orb, The Other called Nebula and Ronan to the Sanctuary to discuss this turn of events with Thanos. There Thanos threatened to kill Ronan if he failed again which Nebula agreed with and headed for the Kyln. When they arrived Gamora had already escaped with the Orb and Ronan ordered Nebula to cleanse the prison.[2]

Skirmish on KnowhereEdit

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Nebula on Knowhere

Nebula, Ronan, and Korath continued to search for the Orb, until they received a message from Drax the Destroyer telling them it was on Knowhere where they went to recover it. Nebula lead a squad of soldiers in fighters to chase Gamora until Nebula destroyed her ship, despite her pleas, and leaving her for dead in space and retrieed the orb. Nebula and Korath were present when Ronan told Thanos he was aware of the Orb's nature as an Infinity Stone and harnessed it's power and told Thanos he was to kill him once Xandar was destroyed. Nebula offered her total loyalty to Ronan should he succeed.[2]

Battle of XandarEdit

When they arrived on Xandar a fleet of Ravagers lead by Yondu Udonta and Star-Lord engaged them and Nebula ordered all fighters to destroy the ships. When the Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Drax breached the ship Nebula confronted them only to be blasted by Drax until she recovered. Gamora fought Nebula, knocking her into a hole in the Dark Aster and leaving Nebula hanging onto the edge of the hole. Gamora tried to save her and convince her to fight against Ronan, but Nebula cut off her mechanical hand and fell, landing on top of a Ravager's M-ship. She threw the pilot out and flew the ship away from the battle.[2]


Like Gamora, Nebula despises her father Thanos for torturing her and turning her into a cybernetic assassin. However despite this she always tried, often in vain, to prove her worth to her father. Nebula resents Gamora for being Thanos' favorite daughter, which he has openly expressed even with Nebula present and she showed no hesitation in trying to kill Gamora more than once. Despite this Gamora doesn't not share these feelings for Nebula and even tried to convince her to betray Ronan and help the Guardians fight him even after trying to kill her twice.

Nebula has very little loyalty to a cause as she quickly betrayed Thanos once Ronan harnessed the power of the Orb, believing he could kill Thanos as he declared to do so. However when the battle of Xandar became too intense for her liking she quickly abandoned Ronan to escape, despite her sister's pleas for her to help the Guardians, possibly returning once again to Thanos. Unlike her sister who seeks to atone for her past crimes Nebula does not show any visible signs of regret for her own crimes as she was perfectly willing to murder anyone tasked to her and anyone who stood in her own way.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

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  • Luphomoid Physiology
  • Cybernetic Enhancements
    • Regenerative Healing Factor:Regenerative abilities - This ability is most likely caused by implants. After being thrown after Drax fired a blast at her from his cannon, her body had been crushed and mangled. She was able to re shape it back to its original form by snapping, either on purpose or the implants took over, her arms and jaw back into their normal place. She presumably also had to use minor healing abilities as the bones/skin may have been damaged, but she showed no ill effects afterwards. 


  • Master Assassin: Ever since she was a child, Nebula has trained extensively as an assassin under Thanos and Ronan. She trained with Gamora throughout her childhood. She was able to fight "the deadliest woman in the galaxy" for a prolonged amount of time.
  • Expert Combatant: An expert in armed and unarmed combat, Nebula has been seen using dagger-like weapons in battle which can be in a compacted knife form or can be extended to swords.


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Cybernetic EnhancementsEdit

In her early years under Thanos' wing, Nebula received various critical injuries that required her to endure extensive cybernetic augmentation.

  • Contact Whiplash
  • Tempersteel Claws
  • Concussive Blasts



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  • Nebula's appearance in the movie seems to be based more on her second incarnation from the comics.
  • Nebula shows complete loyalty to Thanos most of the time, but also states that she would gladly destroy a thousand worlds if it meant Thanos would die. This is possibly out of fear towards him.
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude, Nebula loses her entire left arm and has it replaced by cybernetics; however, in Guardians of the Galaxy, her left hand appears to be made of flesh.


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