Hydra has a longstanding tradition of the role of Madame Hydra, the highest-ranking female in its organization. Little is known about the current Madame Hydra, except that she is respected and feared as a ruthless fighter. First found by Arnim Zola, the HYDRA doctor was impressed by Madame Hydra's brutality and her expertise in poisons, torture, and interrogation. Slightly enamored with the woman, Zola put forward the idea of advancing the woman in rank to the level of Madame Hydra, and once she ascended to the title, she proved to be one of the Red Skull's most loyal lieutenants. When he called her with the rest of HYDRA leadership to join him in Castle Zemo, she thoroughly disgusted Baron Zemo, who glibly commented in his journals that any of the baronesses of the past would faint immediately upon the very sight of her.
After Captain America defeated Baron von Strucker, he was ambushed and captured by the mechanical Iron Cross, and taken to the dungeon complex beneath Castle Zemo. While he was unconscious, Arnim Zola took a sample of Cap's blood to recreate the Super-Soldier Serum, before leaving the Captain himself in the custody of the new Warden of the dungeons, Madame Hydra. Hydra roughly abused Cap, though Zola made it explicit that she was not to kill him yet, and after she restrained him, she took the time to mockingly reveal that she had kidnapped his friends Montgomery Falsworth, Bucky, and Dum-Dum Dugan of the Howling Commandos. Breaking free of the restraints and escaping his cage, Captain America rescued Bucky and prepared a massive prison riot, infuriating Madame Hydra, and freeing the POWs who served as her "test subjects." Once Bucky escaped Castle Zola with a trainful of POWs, Cap turned around and rescued Dugan, and the two split up, with Cap pursuing Hydra before she could kill, or do something even worse, to Falsworth.
Pursuing Madame Hydra across the castle, Cap eventually cornered her in Zemo's Ballroom. She used smoke bombs to disguise her reinforcements from Cap, and fired at him with her custom machine pistols from a ledge far away from him; however, Cap managed to defeat her reinforcements and use his Vibranium shield to reflect the bullets back at her, forcing her to flee. Cap caught her and the two fought hand-to-hand, where Captain America proved to be superior, before finally reflecting her bullets past her, triggering a massive explosion behind her. The blast horribly scared half her face, but she declined Captain America's offer to get her the medical help she needed, claiming her scars were a badge of honor and escaped on an aircraft outside. While she fled Castle Zemo, her final words with the Captain revealed that her commander, the Red Skull, would be on his way to the castle soon. While her fate after the battle is unknown, the consequences of her actions continued to haunt Rogers for the rest of his mission in Castle Zemo and almost led to Falsworth being transformed into a mind-controlled super soldier to use as an assassin for the nefarious purposes of Zola.
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Madame Hydra had Arnim Zoal use the reality-warping powers of the Cosmic Cube to shrink down a pair of fully-automatic high powered rifles to the size of mere pistols, creating a pair of custom devestating Machine Pistols. Like the process that crafted Strucker's Satan Claw, the pistols proved too costly to effectivly mass-produce, but Hydra's skill and lethality wielding them easily made a single set of them worth it, in Zola's mind.
Alongside her Machine Pistols, Hydra uses an arsenal of deadly poisons, many of which were fine-tuned on the vast number of allied prisoners of war stored in the dungeons of Castle Zemo. Her affinity for poisons was so great, that she developed a special toxic venom to replace her own saliva. In addition, she used a number of posion-gas grenades in her battle with Cap, to both block out his vision of her reinforcements, and to damage him in an attempt to retreat.
- Audrey Wasilewski provides the voice for Madame Hydra in the video game Captain America: Super Soldier.
- There are rumors that Madame Hydra was once romantically involved with a legendary samurai.
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