Scarlet Witch

Real name: Wanda Maximoff
First Appearance: X-Men #4, 1964
Base of Operations: Avengers Mansion, New York City, New York
Occupation: Adventuress
Place of Birth: Transia, Europe
Classification: Mutant
Marital Status: Separated/single
Membership Status: Regular member
Known Relatives: Quicksilver (brother), Crystal (sister-in-law), Vision (ex-husband), Magneto (father), Magda (mother, deceased), Django Maximoff (adoptive father, deceased), Marya Maximoff (adoptive mother, deceased)
Affiliations: Avengers, Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Force Works, Lady Liberators, West Coast Avengers

Wanda Maximoff was born Wundagore Mountain (earthly prison to the chaos-demon called Chthon). The otherworldly entity imbued the Scarlet Witch with magical abilities, as he one day hoped to use her as a host to aid his escape. If not for the demon's intervention, Wanda simply would have been an energy-wielding mutant like her father, Magneto. Instead, she can channel chaos-magic in a number of useful ways. Chief among these are her probability-altering hex-spheres -- finite pockets of reality-disrupting, psionic force that cause random disturbances in the molecular-level probability fields surrounding their targets. As a result, unlikely phenomena occur. With greater preparation time, Wanda can cast her hex power to garner specific results.

The Scarlet Witch possesses the mutant power of affecting probability fields. By a combination of gestures and mental concentration, she creates a hex-sphere, a finite pocket of reality-disrupting quasi-psionic force, which upon reaching its intended target, causes disturbance in the molecular-level probability field surrounding the target. Thus, unlikely phenomena will occur. Among the many phenomena she is able to cause are: the sudden melting of gun barrels, the spontaneous combustion of any flammable object, the rapid rust or decay of various organic and inorganic materials, the poltergeist-like deflection of an object in flight, the sudden evacuation of air from a given volume, the disruption of energy transmissions and fields, and so on. These phenomena occur practically instantaneously after the completion of her hex. Her sorcerous training has given her a set of powers separate from her mutant abilities, honing her control over her existing abilities. She has a special affinity for the natural elements and materials that true witches utilize in their spells: the four alchemical elements, wood, organic substances, etc. The reliability factor of her hex-casting ability is also limited by her physical condition: when well rested, in good health, and mentally and emotionally alert, Scarlet Witch can cast numerous hex-spheres in rapid succession and attain desirable results for almost an hour.

Mutant ability to control chaos magic and affect probability fields and accomplished martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant

Basically she can focus her powers to cause some bad stuff to happen to people whenever and wherever she wishes. She also has grown to gain more abilities that have given her powers a boost. She also now knows more magical abilities, which have helped in battle with the likes of Morgan Le Fey. These abilities all have grown to the point where she could be the foe behind Avengers Disassembled. Causing the recreation of Jack of Hearts, the explosion of the mansion, Vision being taken over by an army of Ultrons and spitting them out, and also the Kree attack on the Avengers. If you will notice Wanda was missing during most of these events and also there has been a magical force behind the events occurring in Avengers at this moment. Her powers have grown to a level now where she could even rival Doctor Strange.

Wanda Maximoff is the daughter of Magneto, mutant Master of Magnetism, and his former wife, a gypsy named Magda. Prior to Wanda's birth, Magda fled Magneto, terrified by the recent manifestation of his bizarre powers and his newly adopted doctrine of world domination. Seeking refuge, Magda came upon the scientific citadel of Wundagore in the Balkan Mountains of Transia. She was taken in by Bova, a humanoid cow created by the master geneticist known as the High Evolutionary. Magda gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, and named them Wanda and Pietro. Still afraid her estranged husband might hunt them down them, she walked into the frozen mountain wilderness to perish.

Bova presented the twins to the High Evolutionary, who agreed to find them human foster parents. He chose Django and Marya Maximoff, a gypsy couple camped nearby, who had lost their own twins. The Maximoffs accepted the gift and cared for the children as if they were their own. As adolescents, Wanda and Pietro discovered they possessed unusual superhuman abilities. Wanda could cause strange phenomenon to occur simply by waving her hands, and Pietro was able to move faster than the blink of an eye. When Django stole food to feed his starving family, enraged villagers attacked the gypsy camp. Using his phenomenal speed, Pietro took flight with his sister. The circumstances of the youngsters' separation from their family were so traumatic that not until well into adulthood could they remember anything but the barest details of their early existence. For the next few years, Wanda and Pietro wandered central Europe, living off the land.

While visiting a small village, Wanda accidentally caused a house to burst into flame with her then-uncontrollable hex-casting abilities. Superstitious townspeople took up arms against the young mutant, mistaking her for a witch. Despite Pietro's attempts to defend his sister, the siblings soon were overpowered. They were about to be killed when Magneto came to their rescue. The genetic terrorist pressed them into service in his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, costumed them, and rechristened them the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. For months, Wanda and Pietro served their new master out of a sense of obligation -- and for fear of reprisal. As members of the Brotherhood, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver aided Magneto in his terrorist campaigns against humanity and helped him combat the idealistic team of mutant heroes known as the X-Men. Magneto did not realize Wanda and Pietro were his children, nor did they know he was their father.

When the alien entity known as the Stranger stamped out the Brotherhood, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch petitioned for membership in the Avengers, Earth's Mightiest Heroes. They were inducted -- along with Hawkeye, arrow-slinging ex-con -- to replace the team's charter members, who wished to take leaves of absence. However, humanity's hatred and fear of mutants still disturbed Quicksilver; he briefly rejoined Magneto, compelling his sister to follow. Ultimately, the siblings confronted the Master of Magnetism. Combining their abilities, Wanda and Pietro helped the Avengers and X-Men defeat their former savior.

Since then, both Wanda and Pietro have been among the most notable members of the Avengers, and have tripped around with them on many crimefighting journeys and adventures.

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