- ... After both of my parents were killed in the resistance, life became meaningless.
- -- Valentina Allegra de Fontaine src
Little has been revealed about the past of the Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine. She and her parents where sleeper agents for Leviathan inside the Italian anti-communism movement. Unaware of this, Dum-Dum Dugan recruited her. Formerly a member of the European "jet set," the Contessa sought a more serious role in life, and eventually entered a training program to become an agent of SHIELD the international intelligence and law enforcement agency. She first encountered Nick Fury, the Public Director of SHIELD, towards the end of her training, when she impressed him by overpowering him in hand-to-hand combat.
As a result of her remarkable talents and skills in many areas, the Contessa soon became a leading member of SHIELD. Her first major assignment for SHIELD was her participation in the battles against the robotic duplicate of the Yellow Claw.
Nick Fury and Valentina became lovers after his relationship with Laura Brown appeared to end. Valentina would eventually move in with Nick. Jealous of Nick's on again off again relationship with Brown, Val flirted with sometime SHIELD operative Captain America. This angered Nick and he and the Captain became estranged for some time. Nick confronted Captain America at his apartment; and the two intensely fought over Val. However, Val interupted the fight and explained her motives. The three appeared to leave the matter on friendly terms. .
At one point the Contessa was the leader of SHIELD's Femme Force, an elite cadre of female agents. The disputed leadership of Femme Force, and Val's flirtations with Sharon Carter's boyfriend, Captain America, also led Val and Carter to have a frosty relationsip. Nothing has been recenlty revealed about the Femme Force's activities; and it may therefore be presumed that the group was disbanded years ago.
The Contessa was among the small number of leading agents loyal to Fury who were not killed and replaced by one of the artificially created human beings called the Deltites. The Contessa was among the SHIELD agents who struggled against the Deltite takeover, which was finally defeated by Fury and others. Following the defeat of the Deltites, Fury persuaded the United Nations to disband SHIELD. Aided by the Contessa and a few more of his closest loyal aides, Fury traveled throughout the world, closing SHIELD bases and destroying its most dangerous weaponry and technology.
Contessa secretly joined HYDRA, taking the identity of Madame Hydra. She manipulated HYDRA into taking a powerful artifact from the Silver Samurai. She then betrayed HYDRA to the shadowy Leviathan, nearly killing Viper. Working with Magadan, she awakened Orion and a veritable army of Leviathan soldiers.
This led to a war between the two organizations.
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AbilitiesThe Contessa is a superb hand-to-hand combatant, a brilliant marksman with firearms of most kinds, and an excellent leader and strategist on combat missions in the field.
The Contessa possesses the normal human strength of a women of her age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise.
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