|Aliases||Hel, Hela of the Norns, Halja, the Death Queen, Mistress of the Darkness, Helen, Leah of Hel|
Buri (Tiwaz) (alleged paternal foster distant descendant),
Bolthorn (alleged maternal foster distant descendant),
|Affiliation||Gods of Asgard, Hell Lords|
|Base Of Operations||Inferno Club, (formerly) Hel and Niflheim|
|Identity||No Dual Identity|
|Occupation||Asgardian Goddess of Death, Ruler of Hel and Niffleheim|
|Unusual Features||The left side of Hela's body is dead and decayed. However, when wearing her cloak it appears alive and healthy.|
|Origin||Jotun; Asgardian Goddess|
|Place of Birth||unrevealed, allegedly Jotunheim|
|Creators||Stan Lee, Jack Kirby|
- This is the gathering of the dead. If you liked it, there would be something wrong with you. ... Only Hela likes it. And it is not a matter of whether she likes it or not. It must be done and done swiftly...
- -- Hela src
Queen of Hel
The three Asgardian goddesses of fate, the Norns, are said to have warned the Asgardian gods that Hela would prove to be a great danger to them. Odin, ruler of the Asgardian gods, decreed that Hela would become goddess and ruler of the spirits of the dead on the day of her maturity. These spirits were in the other-dimensional realms of Hel and Niflheim, two more of the Nine Worlds, both of which Hela ruled. However, Odin himself directly ruled the souls of Asgardians and their human worshippers who died in battle as heroes, and had the palace of Valhalla built in a distant section of Asgard to house them.
For ages, Hela sought to bring more Asgardian souls under her control, and especially longed to possess the souls of Odin and his son, Thor; however, during their first meeting, when Thor offered his own life in exchange for that of Sif, who was a prisoner of Hela, the Goddess was impressed by the young thunder god's nobility and let both of them go.
When Thor appeared to have been killed by Wrecker, his body was then visited by Hela, who had come to claim his soul. However, before she could give Thor her killing touch, his still living body projected an astral image that stays her hand. He then reclaims his body to defeat the Wrecker.
When Lady Sif is injured in battled, she and Thor are visited by Hela who has come to take Sif to Valhalla. Thor refused to allow Hela to take his lover, and when Hela attempts to entice Thor into joining the warriors of the dead in Valhalla, Thor refused even when he is beckoned by his old foe Harokin to join them. Upon refusal, Hela departs, leaving Thor to contemplate the situation.
Hela stole a piece of Odin's soul while he was on the Sea of Eternal Night. This created the powerful entity called Infinity. Hela then unleashed it upon the Nine Realms. Infinity came to Odin and took over his body. Hela killed Thor, but he was restored to life by the sacrifice to the Silent One. Hela was then killed by Odin to save Thor, but was restored to life; there needs to be a natural balance of life and death. Hela killed Thor by putting humans in danger, but restored him to life after Lady Sif offered to die in his place.
Hela had the battle with the Olympian; Pluto the lord of Hades for the right to claim Odin's soul after Odin was slain by the monstrous creature Mangog. However, Hela restored Odin to life to stop Pluto from claiming him.
Hela met Thor again when he travelled to Niflheim in search of Odin. Once there, Thor was confronted by the legions of the Einherjar. Thor tried to reach Odin, only to learn it was Grombar, not Odin. Hela let Thor leave unmolested from her realm.
Attack on Asgard
Working with Loki, the pair tried to begin Ragnarök, the Asgardian apocalypse. They tried to do this by killing Balder and then attacking Asgard. Hela summoned Volla's spirit to advise them on how to start Ragnarök, after which she sent a horde of monsters to attack Asgard. Odin was able to use his power to keep Balder alive.
Hela met with Hell-Lords in Hades. They have decided to merge their respective realms, thus increasing their power, and to begin taking in new souls. They performed a ritual creating the nexus of the netherworlds. Unfortunately, this also summoned the Demogorge, who began consuming the Hell-Lords one by one. Odin and Thor arrived to defeat the Demogorge, releasing all its captives.
She later came to Asgard to claim Odin's soul, but was driven off by Thor.
Hela trapped Thor and the Warriors Three in a idyllic paradise, with their loved ones all around, leading them off. But when Thor saw Sif and she spoke words of love, he knew the truth: that they were leading the Einherjar to their deaths. The image of Sif changed to that of Hela herself.Thor challenged Hela to combat; if he won, they all go free; if she won, Thor was hers forever. During their bout, Hela slashed Thor's face. Writhing in agony, he managed one last feat, tearing Hela's cloak from her. Thor discovered her secret: her cloak is the key to her power; without it, she is a half-decayed corpse with no power at all. Hela relented, and Thor led them all out of Hel.
For untold ages, Hela had directed the construction of a gigantic ship, Naglfar, said to be made of the fingernails of the dead. Hela planned that when Naglfar was finished, she would send an army of the dead in it to Asgard to destroy the gods. However, Naglfar was destroyed by the Asgardian hero Executioner as it neared completion.
Hela once cast a curse on Thor which prevented him from healing any wounds and also prevented his death. After many battles and untold amounts of pain, Thor, reduced to pulp by a battle with the Midgard Serpent, entered Hela's realm within the armor of the Destroyer. The Destroyer's power proved too much for Hela, and she restored Thor's health and removed her curse. The Destroyer remained in Hela's realm to remind her of her defeat.
When Odin went in to the Odinsleep, Hela used this as a chance to gain power. She corrupted the Valkyries by turning them into Fire Demons. At the time, Danielle Moonstar, of the New Mutants was also a member and was set against her friends. Danielle and her team travelled to Asgard. Hela sent the Valkyries against the dwarves and New Mutants.
They battled with Hela's forces and rescued Hrimhari, the wolf-prince. Hela forced Eitri the Dwarf king to forge an uru sword. One of Hela's spells split the group, but this only helped them find more recruits,such as the Warriors Three, to help fight with them. Hela sent Danielle to slay Odin while he slept. While the battle raged, the young heroes snuck to Odin's very bedchamber and saved the All-father's life. She was defeated when the uru sword was destroyed.
After Ragnarök, Hela was awakened by Thor from her mortal guise, albeit due to Loki's machinations. She began living in Las Vegas, maintaining a lair where she could feed on the souls of random unlucky people, joining her powers with her father Loki's to enable him to travel back in time and prompt Odin to adopt him as a child, fulfilling the penultimate step of his mastermind plan against Thor. Quasimodo researched Hela along with nearly two hundred other anti-heroes and villains, revealing his knowledge of her current whereabouts and loss of Hel and Niflhelm to Osborn. He suggested that, while the goddess herself seldom took an interest in mortal affairs, he believed she could be persuaded by Loki to support their agenda if needed.
She attended a meeting with Mephisto, Blackheart, Satannish and Dormammu about a disturbance created by the newly resurrected Magik, who was looking for the soulsword and the original bloodstone amulet. Belasco's daughter, Witchfire, appeared during the meeting and revealed she was now the current owner of the original amulet and vowed to take her father's place as ruler of Limbo and a seat at their table.
Danielle Moonstar met with Hela at the Inferno Club of Las Vegas, asking her for a boon, though one not coming for free, which gave her a sword and a new ride home, thus allowing her to defeat Ares during Norman Osborn's attack on The X-Men in San Francisco.
During Necrosha when Selene attacked the X-Men's new sanctuary Utopia, Asgardian wolf-prince Hrimhari called upon Hela, offering his soul to save the life of X-Men healer Elixir so he could in turn save Hrimhari's pregnant lover, Rahne Sinclair.
During the events of Siege, Loki brokered a deal between Mephisto and Hela in which from the Peninsula of Perfidy to the Gully of Hubris will be for Hela to govern for a thousand and one years. With Ragnarok passed, an Asgardian's only destiny is a place in Hela's halls; for Loki's part in the bargain, it is a destiny he no longer shares.
Danielle Moonstar was then called upon by Hela to return her boon by once again becoming a valkyrie, this time in service of Hela and ushering Asgardians killed during Siege into Hela's realm.
Hela continued to operate and prey upon the weak in Las Vegas. When her servant, Pip the troll, escapes with a pendant rendering him invisible to her, she hires X-Factor Investigations to locate him, which they do successfully. Jamie Madrox, upon discovery of Hela's intent, sends X-Factor to Las Vegas to rescue him, which they accomplish with help from Thor. During the fight, Madrox maneuvers adaptive teammate Darwin in the way of Hela's killing touch. Due to Darwin's involuntary mutant ability to evolve to save his life, he becomes a male version of Hela, matching her powers equally. He then rips off her essential green cloak, forcing her to revert to her true, half-petrified form, leaving her vulnerable to the attacks of the undead Asgardians now free of her control.
Down but not out, Hela resurfaced again to thwart X-Factor when Rahne finally gives birth to Hrimhari's child. In the final stages of the pregnancy, the half-mutant/half-god and all lycanthropic infant became the target of numerous godlike and undead beings eager to either use or destroy it for their own ends and Hela was no exception. When the child was finally born, an exhausted and traumatized Rahne (having been captured by Hela's brother Agamemnon) cast him away, wanting nothing to do with a being so central to the plans of evil. Hela took this opportunity to reach out to and raise the child herself but was immediately set upon by the hordes of feral undead wanting to do likewise. Weakened (most likely from her fight with Darwin), Hela was forced to abandon the idea and flee, leaving the child to be rescued by werewolf Jack Russell, who had helped Rahne earlier that day.
Loki thwarted the Serpent's plans to ally with Hela, manipulating both her and Mephisto (her landlord of sorts) into working with him against the God of Fear. The Serpent was defeated and Hela sent her handmaid Leah to serve Loki. 
The Word Made Flesh
Hela and the Hell-Lords battled X-Factor. Tier Sinclair became the central mover in a war between the various hell dimensions. The first to kill him would be crowned King of Hell. After Tier was able to kill Pluto, Mephisto decided that the rules were forfeit and turned his attention to his fellows. X-Factor became the last line of resistance and fought the seemingly victorious Mephisto. Strong Guy took the opportunity to kill Tier in the chaos, winning the War and becoming the King of Hell.
|Power Grid |
- Asgardian Physiology: Hela possesses the conventional superhuman abilities of an Asgardian woman, although in fact her parents may have been members of the race of giants of Jotunheim, as well as certain special abilities that pertain to her role as a goddess of death:
- Superhuman Strength: Hela possesses vast superhuman strength considerably greater than most Asgardians. She has proven capable of standing toe-to-toe with Thor. Hence, she is capable of lifting well in excess of 100 tons.
- Superhuman Speed: Hela is capable of running and moving at speeds much greater than even the finest human athlete.
- Superhuman Stamina: Hela's body produces considerably less fatigue toxins than the bodies of human beings, or most other Asgardians for that matter, during physical activity. As a result, Hela possesses almost limitless physical stamina.
- Superhumanly Dense Tissue: The skin, muscle, and bone tissues of Hela's body are about three times as dense as the same tissue in the body of a human. This contributes, somewhat, to Hela's superhuman strength and weight.
- Superhuman Durability: Hela's body is considerably more resistant to physical injury than the bodies of human beings, and most other Asgardians. Hela is capable of withstanding great impact forces, temperature and pressure extremes, high caliber bullets, and powerful energy blasts without sustaining injury.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite her body's high resistance to injury, it is possible to injure her. However, Hela's body is capable of healing itself with high levels of superhuman speed and efficiency. The extent of Hela's healing abilities is considerably beyond that the the vast majority of Asgardians.
- Extended Longevity: Hela, like all Asgardians, is not completely immune to aging but she does age at a rate much slower than that of a human being. She is also immune to all known earthly diseases and infections.
- Astral Projection: Hela is able to travel about in her astral form, possessing the same powers of death as her physical form has. Because of her Asgardian metabolism, she does not have any limitation on the amount of time she can spend out of her physical form, unlike mortal astral projectionists.
- High-level Magical Energy Manipulation: Hela is capable of manipulating great quantities of Asgardian magic for numerous purposes, such as limitless astral projection, firing deadly bolts of energy from her hands that could kill an immortal, levitation, time-travel and the creation of illusions. She is even capable of channeling the energy through her hand and use them to strike a powerful blow that can rend even the strongest Asgardian flesh. She refers to this as the "Hand of Glory".
- Control Over Life and Death: As the Asgardian Goddess of Death, Hela holds the power of life and death over the gods of Asgard. Death for an Asgardian is somewhat different from death for an Earth human being. In both cases, the corporeal body ceases all functions and activities, but whereas mortal spirits flee the physical form at the moment of death, the spirits of gods remain in their bodies until the death goddess draws them out and dispatches them to her realms. These spirits (or astral selves) remain integral for eternity and reside, apparently forever, in the other-dimensional realms of Hel and Niflheim, where they take on a quasi-physical existence, under Hela's control. The souls of those who die heroically in battle remain within their bodies and are accompanied by Odin's Valkyries into Valhalla, where the deceased heroes lead a new physical existence. These dead heroes are known as the Einherjar. Hela too accompanies these heroes on their journey to Valhalla, but she has no right to govern them. Although Hela is usually content to wait until an Asgardian is on the verge of succumbing to fatal wounds before she touches him or her and draws the spirit from his or her body, she can also kill perfectly healthy Asgardians with her touch if she chooses. Although Hela's touch of death is effective even when she touches someone with her gloved hand, she must contact that person's bare skin for him or her to die. However, Hela can also project mystic bolts that will cause their target to age or die, even if they strike a portion of the target's body that is covered by clothing. While Hela's touch is also fatal to mortals, she does not generally leave the dimension of Asgard or have much traffic with human lives. The souls of immortals are her province, nor those of mortals.
- Allspeak: Thanks to the Allspeak, she can communicate in all of the languages of the Nine Realms, Earth's dialects, and various alien languages.
Although she rarely does so, Hela is a formidable hand to hand combatant, as well as having great proficiency with swordsmanship. She is particularly skillful at using her powers in combat situations.
Hela possesses vast superhuman strength considerably greater than most Asgardians. She has proven capable of standing toe-to-toe with Thor. Hence, she is capable of lifting well in excess of 100 tons.
When wearing the garment that serves as her cloak, cowl, and headdress, Hela's body is fully alive and healthy. However, deprived of her cloak, Hela reverts to her true form. The right side of her body is fully alive, but the left side is dead and decayed. Legend has it that Hela was born in this condition. It has been theorized that without her cloak, Hela would be unable to leave the realms of the dead. it has been demonstrated that without her cloak, Hela's life force is insufficient to maintain her usual physical strength. Indeed, she is unable to stand or levitate herself, or to project mystical bolts, and can barely crawl. Donning her cloak once more will restore Hela to full vitality; even simply touching it would again enable her to stand.
Hela is often armed with her "Nightsword," and is a proficient swordswoman. She battled Pluto proficiently with the Nightsword pitted against his enchanted Midnight Axe until Pluto brought demons in to attack Hela in the course of their duel.
- According to myth, Hela is the alleged daughter of Loki and Angerboda, both are Jotuns.
- Journey into Mystery #641 and Journey into Mystery #645 address Hela's paternity and the myths surrounding her existence. Hela states that Loki was never her father. The truth was much more complicated.
- Hela cast a portion of her soul into a separate entity, her "handmaiden" Leah. Leah was used by Kid Loki as a template for the young crush he wrote into the backstory of the Serpent. This second Leah, created by Kid Loki's pen, resurfaced in the modern era and reunited with Kid Loki. When evil Loki was set to take over Kid Loki's body, Kid Loki had Hela send this second Leah back in time to hide her from his counterpart. Hela implied that Leah, in the distant past, would grow up to be Hela.
- So "Loki was not Hela's father" -- a young reincarnated version of Loki magically wrote Hela into existence by basing her on the handmaiden of Hela, who was created by Hela in the image of her own younger self.
- 185 Appearances of Hela (Earth-616)
- Media Hela (Earth-616) was Mentioned in
- 48 Images featuring Hela (Earth-616)
- 12 Quotations by or about Hela (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Hela (Earth-616)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Hela (Earth-616)
- Hela at the Guide to the Mythological Universe
- The Unofficial Handbook to the Marvel Universe
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