- Congratulations on your perseverance and American spirit. Most of you were supposed to be dead by now. But so was I. So I guess we're even.
- -- Lucia von Bardas src
Lucia von Bardas is a Latverian woman who used to teach at the University of North Carolina in the United States. After Doctor Doom was deposed as the leader of Latveria, the Americans helped von Bardas get elected as the Prime Minister of Latveria. She then began publicly mending the ties between the two countries.
In truth, however, von Bardas was secretly funding American technology-based super-criminals through the Tinkerer. S.H.I.E.L.D. found out about this, but the President didn't take measures that Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. had suggested, believing that they could handle the situation diplomatically. In a panic, Fury gathered a group of heroes for an undercover mission to overthrow the Latverian government and assassinate von Bardas. When Fury reached von Bardas, he gave the signal for S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Daisy Johnson used her seismic powers to take down Castle Doom, apparently killing the Latverian leader.
Nevertheless, von Bardas survived, though she was made into a deformed cyborg. A year later she attacked Luke Cage, one of the people involved in Nick Fury’s Secret War, putting him into a coma and then sent a large number of tech-based villains who were indebted to her after the other heroes implicated in this “secret war”. Von Bardas eventually entered the fight herself and activated the villains’ tech material, which created an anti-matter bomb that combined together. The explosion was supposed to be powerful enough to wipe New York off the face of the Earth. While Von Bardas continued to mock Fury, however, she was again taken down by Daisy Johnson, who ruptured Lucia's power source with her seismic powers. This caused a power surge in the bomb and shut down von Bardas herself. Bardas survived and was placed in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, though in the aftermath of the Skrull Invasion, she fell between the cracks.
Eventually, von Bardas resurfaced, working with the Red Ghost in a plot to destabilize America and Latveria, utilizing old KGB-trained sleeper agents Ghost had worked on, and a Doombot acquired from the international black market to cause a distraction at the United Nations, while Lucia used information stolen from the Doombot to access a secret nuclear stockpile belonging to Doom. This plot was foiled due to the actions of Bucky Barnes and Black Widow, and Lucia was confronted by an irate Doom, who was able to turn Lucia's cyborg technology against her, badly injuring the woman. She was then taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody and agreed to share what information she knew after her lengthy recovery.
Time later, von Bardas, once again a free woman, had her return to Latveria facilitated by international arms and drugs dealer Geraldo Lucky. With Latveria in a state of disarray following Doom's abdication of the throne, Lucia had its infrastructure improved to garner support from the Latverian army and its leader, General Karadick. As part of her plan to consolidate Latveria as a global power, Lucia orchestrated an attack at a gala being held in the Smithsonian, which almost cost the life of S.H.I.E.L.D. commander Sharon Carter.
Carter retaliated, sending the rookie superhero Ironheart after von Bardas, due to lack of proof preventing official S.H.I.E.L.D. intervention. In a turn of events, Ironheart managed to defeat von Bardas in combat. Ironheart's asssistant A.I. hacked into von Bardas' tech to turn her force-field generators on her, keeping her trapped in an energy field until S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived and took her away.
Flight: Due to her cyborg implants, von Bardas has the ability to fly.
Energy Shield: Based on Doomtech, von Bardas is protected by an energy shield, capable of deflecting energy or physical attacks.
Doomtech: Since von Bardas' cyborg parts are based on Doomtech, Doctor Doom is easily able to access it and turn it against her.
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